Study: Transgender algae reveal genetic origin of male and female sexes

July 9, 2014 5:40 PM

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Study: Transgender algae reveal genetic origin of male and female sexes

The findings offer a possible blueprint for how sexes in other multicellular organisms like plants and animals may have originated.

According to a report from the Enterprise Institute for Renewable Fuels at the Danforth Plant Science Center, researchers examining the multicellular green alga, Volvox carteri, have uncovered the genetic origin of male and female sexes, illustrating how they evolved from a primitive mating system i...

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