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Blood-feeding is a rare dietary adaptation found only in vampire bats, a few invertebrates and the jawless fish sea lamprey. Insight into this adaptation is provided by sequencing and analyzing the genome and fecal microbiome of the vampire bat, Desmodus rotundus, and comparing them with those of bats with other diets. Photo by Brock Fenton.
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