Transgender Algae Shows how Males and Females Evolved Separately

July 9, 2014 6:26 PM

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Using a certain type of "transgender" green algae, scientists have discovered the genetic origin of male and female sexes, showing how they evolved from a more primitive mating system into a single-celled relative.

Led by James Umen of the Enterprise Institute for Renewable Fuels at the Danforth Plant Science Center, the research team identified the master regulatory gene for sex determination in the multicellular alga Volvox carteri.

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