Female, male and bisexual: Three sexed freshwater algae species discovered

Female, male and bisexual: Three sexed freshwater algae species discovered


Researchers from the University of Tokyo in Japan discovered a species of freshwater algae (algae) with members of three different sexes: female, male and bisexual.

Dubbed “Pleodornia starri,” these algae are different from a hermaphrodite (a creature with both male and female reproductive organs), the team said, because they keep sex cells under normal gene expression (a term used for the process of converting genes with DNA sequences into functional protein structures). announced its development.

Hermaphroditic individuals who can produce both male and female sex cells often have unusual gene expression.


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