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Some animals can reproduce without sex

Abilene Reporter-News, May 21, 2013

In this week’s Medical Discovery News with UTMB’s David Niesel and Norbert Herzog: What do the New Mexico whiptail lizard, the water flea, the marbled crayfish, the boa constrictor and the bonnethead shark have in common? All these animals can create offspring without a fertilized egg. This means a diverse group of animals can produce young by “virgin births,” without sexual contact. This is not a new concept but we are now recognizing the wide diversity of species capable of virgin births. The news also appears in the Galveston County Daily News.


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