Friday, March 1, 2019

Split-sexed Organisms, More Common Than You Would Think

An article at the New York Times discusses split-sexed butterflies, and other multi-sexed creatures, that influenced the research that many scientists have conducted. It also goes on to discuss how split-sexed animals are much more common than many believe them to be, and that the genetics behind these creatures, as known as Gynandromorphs, can tell scientists a lot about how to treat sex related human diseases. One scientist talked about how sex has an impact on several different diseases, and on several aspects of life so understanding how these multi-sexed organisms operate genetically could be beneficial. The article also talks about the different mechanisms that can allow for these types of organisms to occur.

I think that this article was rather fascinating because I didn’t realize that there we so many different ways for these split-sexed creatures to occur, or how common they actually were in the wild. I also think that the possible applications of the information being learned from these unique creatures is quite interesting because its a rather unconventional way at studying human disease.  

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