Parthenogenesis

Andrea Marie Habura habura at vccnw01.its.rpi.edu
Mon Apr 4 12:12:15 EST 1994


Talking turkey:

(Disclaimer: I work with organisms that don't *have* gender. Your mileage
may vary. Void where prohibited.)

If I recall correctly, birds have a different system than mammals do; the
males are the ones with identical sex chromosomes (WW) and females are
the mixed ones (WZ). This would mean that parthenogenetic offspring would
be males. (I assume that there's something with the Z version that makes
it insufficient on its own to produce offspring, sort of like the mammalian
Y.) 

Andrea




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