parthogenesis and chickens

Robert Sharp jsharp at
Fri Nov 29 02:24:21 EST 1996

I am currently having a discussion with a religious teacher of mine

about the theoretical implications of chickens developing from

unfertilised eggs.

Can Parthogenesis (Development of a live offspring from an unfertilised

egg) be induced in chickens or other poultry. If so, how?

Does this ever occur naturally? 

What effect does it have on the haploid chicken? - health, fertility,

subsequent parthogenesis, etc.

Please E-mail your answers to my sister at jsharp at as well

as raising the discussion in the group.


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