The Intersection

i-180916c02ff4cd7245e0c82c4472a858-shark.png

DNA testing has now proven that a pup carried by a female blacktip shark in a Virginia aquarium contained no genetic material from a male.

The research was reported in Friday’s Journal of Fish Biology and marks the first verified case of asexual development in this lineage.

Comments

  1. #1 eddie
    October 12, 2008

    Messiah in Karma Defcit Mishap Shocker
    God to sue Buddah.

  2. #2 eddie
    October 12, 2008

    Messiah in Karma Deficit Mishap Shocker
    God to sue Buddah.

  3. #3 eddie
    October 14, 2008

    Messiah in bad karma mishap shocker!

    God to sue buddah.

  4. #4 Kristine
    October 15, 2008

    Apparently no one else seems to find this exciting (ie – no comments), but I think this is really interesting. It leads to all sorts of questions on how the mechanics of asexual reproduction work in sharks and what the drivers are, and I wonder what the reprocussions could be for stem cell research.

  5. #5 Dante
    October 17, 2008

    I think this is very interesting, I wonder what will happen to the shark later in life (i.e. decrease/increase life span?) or how comparable this type of animal will be to the wild ones.

The site is currently under maintenance and will be back shortly. New comments have been disabled during this time, please check back soon.