The coffee berry borer beetle destroys coffee crops — it lays its eggs inside the berries, and the larvae can eat through entire fields. But to digest the carbohydrate compounds that make up 60 percent of the berries, the beetles' ancestors stole a gene from the bacteria living in their guts, says Not Exactly Rocket Science's Ed Yong.

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