Turtle embryos can choose their own sex, shows new research – but why?

The animal world has many weird and wonderful ways of having sex. Some animals, such as snails, are hermaphrodites—able to make both eggs and sperm simultaneously. Some, such as wrasses and parrot-fish, initially hatch as male but transition to female in later life as they get older. Still others, including some lizard species, have dispensed […]

A scientific approach to recreate metabolic evolution in plants

Lupinus angustifolius (a) and Arabidopsis thaliana (b). Credit: Chiba University Plants have evolved to produce a variety of compounds that vary from species to species. These compounds play a key role for the survival strategies of plants. Compounds that are bitter and poisonous protect the plants from being eaten by insects and animals. Meanwhile, compounds […]