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    28 Aug '14 17:06
    The cicada insect has been discovered to have evolved to have a symbioses with no less than 3 different stains of bacteria in its cells but each of these bacterial strains has evolved to become symbiotically dependent on the other 2 thus making this a truly 4-way symbiotic relationship in total if you include the cicada insect itself.


    http://phys.org/news/2014-08-cicada-genomes-function.html
  2. Subscribersonhouse
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    28 Aug '14 21:54
    Originally posted by humy
    The cicada insect has been discovered to have evolved to have a symbioses with no less than 3 different stains of bacteria in its cells but each of these bacterial strains has evolved to become symbiotically dependent on the other 2 thus making this a truly 4-way symbiotic relationship in total if you include the cicada insect itself.


    http://phys.org/news/2014-08-cicada-genomes-function.html
    As I was reading the first part of that story, I immediately jumped to the idea of organelles in human tissue and most of the rest of life on Earth. It seemed to be a big hint as to how that particular symbiosis came to be.
  3. Standard memberwolfgang59
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    31 Aug '14 23:44
    Originally posted by humy

    http://phys.org/news/2014-08-cicada-genomes-function.html
    God sure does move in mysterious ways.