Parthenogenesis in Komodo dragons

@article{Watts2006ParthenogenesisIK,
  title={Parthenogenesis in Komodo dragons},
  author={Phillip C. Watts and Kevin R. Buley and Stephanie Sanderson and Wayne S.J. Boardman and Claudio Ciofi and Richard Gibson},
  journal={Nature},
  year={2006},
  volume={444},
  pages={1021-1022}
}
Parthenogenesis, the production of offspring without fertilization by a male, is rare in vertebrate species, which usually reproduce after fusion of male and female gametes. Here we use genetic fingerprinting to identify parthenogenetic offspring produced by two female Komodo dragons (Varanus komodoensis) that had been kept at separate institutions and isolated from males; one of these females subsequently produced additional offspring sexually. This reproductive plasticity indicates that… Expand
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