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  • Scientists create viable, reproducing yeast-cyanobacterial hybrids

    Portrait of researcher Angad Mehta in his laboratory

    University of Illinois professor Angad Mehta led a study that recapitulates what scientists have long theorized – that evolution of complex life forms got its start when one cell engulfed another and the two learned to live in harmony.

    Photo by Fred Zwicky


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  • Editor’s notes

    To reach Angad Mehta, email

    The paper “Engineering artificial photosynthetic life-forms through endosymbiosis” is available online and is open access.

    DOI: 10.1038/s41467-022-29961-7