Parthenogenesis- Sadly, human male counterparts can never be threatened life form

June 16th, 2009 - 8:22 pm ICT by GD  

Ever wondered how hammerhead and blacktip sharks, Komodo Dragons, rotifers like shrimps, threatened species daphnia reproduce? Here’s the answer to your question- Parthenogenesis. This process of reproduction involves development of eggs without fertilization. At one point you would think its quite divine of a creature to reproduce in such a way, consequently, termed virgin birth.

Even found in plants, this process of birth involving no males is beneficial for creatures and species living in isolated and stable environmental conditions. But for those living in changing climates, weather and other environmental conditions such a kind of birth is not very normal. As the reproduction is done asexually, it only transfers genes from one cell to another. Apart from that there is no other significant variation in the offspring produced which can very well survive in stable environments.

The whiptail lizard living in deserts incorporates such reproduction process as it does not require any male counterpart and also is suitable as per the environment of a desert. This precisely explains why the offsprings are always identical.

Interestingly, the Department of Agriculture spent millions of dollars to make parthenogenetic turkeys, which eventually failed as the reproduction resulted only in males and since males cannot reproduce further , the research came to an end.

A collaborative effort from the Royal Opera House, James MacMillan’s makes a comeback with his Parthenogenesis in the Linbury Theatre last week, on June 11th. More shows to come up on 13th, 15th, 17th and 18th June, so booking tickets on time should be on your agenda. If you are waiting for production details then they soon will be aired.

The question is will males slowly lose their presence amongst plants, reptiles, fishes? If yes, then males present in the human form should not be a threat as we have more than we require.

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