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(NBC News)   Humans can be homosexual, heterosexual or bisexual. But God, in His wisdom, created an organism that is heptosexual. So what gender are their offspring? Well, it's complicated   ( cosmiclog.nbcnews.com) divider line
    More: Interesting, microorganisms, cell lines, asexual reproduction, microbes, Cosmic Log, Alan Boyle, genomes, professor emeritus  
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2013-03-27 02:24:58 AM  
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hubiestubert: Who knew that Earth had Jotoki...

Here in secret, spying for the ratcats.
2013-03-27 01:17:31 AM  
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Who knew that Earth had Jotoki...
2013-03-27 12:11:00 AM  
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2013-03-27 11:13:14 AM  
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Nobody read the article.

These are relatives to our childhood friend paramecium. These single celled eukaryotes only reproduce asexually. They will recombine their own DNA by way of forming a pilus and exchanging chunks of DNA between two cells. This type of organism has seven varieties which will not form a pilus between like types. This prevents recombination between sibling cells and is useful for creating a greater variety future asexually produced cells from both 'parents'. What is interesting is that seven varieties are not directly inherited, but are derivative of the species.
2013-03-27 07:42:00 AM  
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Heptosexual?  How prudish

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8 sex cells, 29 seperate sex controlling genes, 500+ possible genders
2013-03-27 05:01:48 AM  
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Duck_of_Doom: You are either XX or XY. No amount of hormone treatment or surgery will change that fundamental part of your makeup. Perhaps in the future we can do gene therapy to switch.

Not quite.  There are a number of genetic abnormalities that can result in extra chromosomes or in genes on a chromosome expressing poorly / not at all.  Then you have the issue of genes simply being an instruction manual on how development should occur.  How development actually happens is prone to errors and external environmental factors.

Having a retrovirus disable the SRY gene in a postpubescent XY male really isn't going to do much, other than maybe sterility.  In fact, it isn't until you're back to in utero that it'd really make a difference.  So future treatments would be fairly invasive, forcing the body to go through another development phase with a different set of instructions.  Probably talking about tech that is on par with having the body regrow limbs. The real question will be what they'll try to redevelop: will it be the brain, or the rest of the body?
2013-03-27 02:37:05 AM  
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The Snow Dog: I'll bet he did it just so he and I could laugh at the dumbass that's going to post stuff in this thread about how the evidence for evolution is bogus and is the product of scientific hocus-pocus.

Nah, but He no doubt foresaw the dumbass who is going to use this stuff to bash Him with instead.
Nothing anti-evolution in The Bible, just been people who misused The Bible....like always.
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