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Blueprints for partnerships

Gutless marine worms harness the resources of a team of bacteria in lieu of a digestive or excretory system. A genome-sequence analysis now defines the roles of the microbes.

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Figure 1: A bacterial organ.


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Stahl, D., Davidson, S. Blueprints for partnerships. Nature 443, 925–927 (2006).

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