Evolution: A Parthenogenetic Nematode Shows How Animals Become Sexless

Curr Biol. 2017 Oct 9;27(19):R1064-R1066. doi: 10.1016/j.cub.2017.08.040.


Most animals have male and female sexes, implying that sex is ancient and beneficial; yet some have survived for millions of years without sex. The genome of the parthenogenetic nematode Diploscapter pachys gives clues as to how 'ancient asexual' animals can exist.

Publication types

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MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Female
  • Genome
  • Male
  • Nematoda / genetics*
  • Parthenogenesis / genetics
  • Rhabditoidea / genetics*