Scientists have discovered a genetically proven parasite that does not breathe.
According to bililivescience, the team, led by evolutionary biologist Dorothee Huchon of Tel Aviv University, identified H., A fish parasite it revealed that salminicola does not have a mitochondrial genome, so there is no way it can breathe.
The results were published in the journal "Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences", H. during microscopic and genetic examination of salminicola, it was noticed that, unlike all other known creatures, a small but significant portion of the DNA stored in the parasite's mitochondria, including the genes responsible for respiration, was missing.
Microscopic swimmer H., which, like many other parasites in the Myxozoa class, is distantly related to jellyfish salminicola was once stated to be more similar to jellyfish ancestors but lost its multicellular feature over time.
Living things in the Myxozoa class, said to have some of the smallest genomes in the animal kingdom, have discovered a genetically proven parasite that does not breathe.