Aphids got their color from fungus?

A neat story of Horizontal Gene Transfer from the Moran lab, showing what happened to the carotenoid biosynthesis genes after aphids acquired them from fungus.

Diversification of genes for carotenoid biosyn… [Mol Biol Evol. 2012] – PubMed – NCBI.

So why would the aphid germline have access to fungal genes? Maybe I’ll have to read more…

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