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Aphids make their own bright colors

Insects borrowed genes from fungi to make nutritious pigments

4:56pm, April 29, 2010

Aphids may be the only animals that can get a colorful type of nutrient without having to eat their veggies.

The sap-sucking insects manage this unexpected feat thanks to ancestors that incorporated genes from a fungus into their own DNA more than 100 million years ago, says Nancy Moran of the University of Arizona in Tucson. Both pea aphids and peach aphids carry

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