Wednesday, January 2, 2008

Jump Starting Evolution

Great new blog on evolutionary biology, The Wild Side. Actually, the resumption of an earlier one.

Today's post is about how to breed Bluefin Tuna in a Mackerel mom.

And for those of us who worry about basic sexuality, it turns out that germ cells and even spermatogona -- which are the germ cells developed a bit further down the road of complexity -- will turn into ovaries if implanted in a female and continue being male if implanted in a male.

All of which shows that the basic genetic drivers are the same even after many millions of years of separate evolution. But, read on . . .