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Algae That Live Inside the Cells of Salamanders Are the First Known Vertebrate Endosymbionts
April 4, 2011
A species of algae long known to associate with spotted salamanders has been discovered to live inside the cells of developing embryos, say scientists from the U.S. and Canada, who report their findings in this week's Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. This is the first known example of a eukaryotic algae living stably inside the cells of any vertebrate.
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