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(bio℞iv)   Old and busted: Rotifers are creatures that have gone millions of years without having sexual reproduction. New hotness: They've been having occasional hot sex when biologists were not looking   (biorxiv.org) divider line
    More: Obvious, Species, Asexual reproduction, Parthenogenesis, Sexual reproduction, Genetics, sexual reproduction, genomic evidence, evolutionary benefit of sex  
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629 clicks; posted to STEM » on 19 Apr 2021 at 12:17 AM (3 weeks ago)   |   Favorite    |   share:  Share on Twitter share via Email Share on Facebook



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2021-04-18 5:36:08 PM  
One of the authors of this paper co-discoverered messenger RNA way back in 1961.
 
2021-04-19 3:02:31 AM  
They also have another way of getting new genetic material. They hoover it up out of the pond they're floating around in and just randomly incorporate it. Mrs. Nuran, who was still in the field at the time, described rotifers as "Just low-class trash" for doing that :)
 
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