Thursday, March 22, 2007

No sex for a million years!

A tiny creature that has not had sex for 100 million years has overturned the theory that animals need to mate to create variety. Analysis of the jaw shapes of bdelloid rotifers, combined with genetic data, revealed that the animals have diversified under pressure of natural selection. (Read the whole article here).

Isn't it amazing how nature works? The most microscopic organism can expose staggering truths about life on earth. I wonder at the patience of the scientists who actually did research on a tiny little microbe that lives on a louse!

In other news, I recently started updating my other blog - about Mumbai life.

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