Dear Elysia chlorotica,
Dude. How do you even do it? Are you magic? Are you an alien from an advanced world?
By “it,” I obviously mean being the first known species to participate in “horizontal gene transfer,” by which I mean you steal genes from the algae you eat and then are just like, “cool, I’ll just be here doing photoshythesis all on my own, as if, I dunno, maybe I was a plant and not just a sea slug.” You’re just hanging out, literally stealing genes from another species.
Follow up questions:
- Can you show me how?
- Does it work on cats, do you think? Maybe I’ll be a snow leopard someday!