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Bacteria-Algae-Seaslug Three-way symbiosis

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Sea slugs uses algae's bacterial weapons


Can't help but show this to you guys. The fact that a bacteria can be housed in algal cells which can be partially digested and utilized by a sea slug should be a big deal. It means it's possible to incorporate every biological superpower out there.


Furthermore, the genus of that sea slug is in itself a biological plot-device because they integrate the photosynthetic ability of the algal cells they eat into their own animal cells.


If that's not enough to make you jealous of these slimy creatures, just remember that we have already made a new species in the lab, we have made inorganic cells, and one day we'll be able to put all these together and... you decide.

As you can see, I'm a huge nerd who'd rather write about how we can become a Type V civilization instead of study for my final exams (gotta fix that).

But to put an end to this topic, might I say that the one and only greatest future achievement of humankind is when it finally becomes posthumankind.



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It's probably by the same mechanism the earliest single-cell progenitors evolved into multi-cell organisms.

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This makes me think that a very powerful posthuman adaptation would be real-time control over one's genes and gut bacteria. You'd have computer brain implants connected to other machine and biomechanical implants throughout your body. By simply thinking about it, you could tell your brain implants to alter your gene expression--maybe in a specific part of your body--to do something like produce more of a certain type of chemical. 

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