Created a creature that doesn’t need to breathe to live

German scientists have created a strange hybrid of two species – a tadpole and algae. This “upgrade” allowed the little amphibian to live in an airless environment.

Sometimes it seems that the imagination and possibilities of scientists are endless

Researchers at the University of Munich (Germany) conducted an unusual experiment. They introduced photosynthetic algae into the body of tadpoles, creating a symbiotic relationship between them. Now small amphibians can live in an oxygen-free environment due to the vital activity of algae.

To test their new hybrid, the researchers deprived the tadpoles of oxygen until their brains were completely shut down. They then shone a flashlight into their aquarium, activating the algae inside the amphibians. Immediately after that, the brain of the tadpoles started working again – this means that the oxygen that the algae produce is enough to successfully support the life of its host.

Experts point out that for many years the scientific community has been trying to create artificial symbiotic organisms with algae in order to change or improve the physiology of animals. However, there are still many unexplored dangers of such procedures – at least not all algae have been studied, and some species can be harmful.

Nevertheless, this strange experiment has important medical significance – scientists are thus trying to develop a means to keep the brain alive in a coma, when the supply of oxygen to the brain is disrupted due to trauma.

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