A new species of self-cloning lizards

May 9, 2011 § Leave a comment

Ed Yong at Not Exactly Rocket Science has a story on the startling creation of a new species of lizard — a fusion between two whiptail lizards.  The members of this new species are tetraploid females that reproduce by parthenogenesis; they’re already in their third generation.  The paper is here.

Please, nobody use the DNA of these lizards as a basis for recreating dinosaurs.  It would probably cause even more serious problems than frog DNA.

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