Polyps will let unrelated 'others' fuse to them and share tissue, scientists discover

University of Kansas scientists discovered that polyps have no qualms about treating a nonrelated individual like part of the family. This goes way beyond sharing meals or even a roof. Polyps of the marine hydrozoan Ectopleura larynx allow nonrelated individuals to fuse their bodies to the familial colony and share what is essentially skin and a stomach. The findings appeared yesterday in the journal Evolution Letters. 

Polyps will let unrelated 'others' fuse to them and share tissue, scientists discover

We humans will put up with a lot from our relatives. Yet most of us are less charitable with people outside of our family circle.

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