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Genetic Linkage

Sex and the Single Slime Mold

August 24, 2012

Tags: Dictyostelium discoideum, sea slug, Siphopteron quadrispinosum, PLoS One, social amoeba

When their bacterial food is scarce, single Dictyostelium cells send signals drawing thousands of cells together, forming a mobile slug. (Wikipedia).
Among the scintillating science headlines this week was a report on the sex life of the sea slug Siphopteron quadrispinosum in PLoS One, complete with a compelling photograph of the dually-endowed hermaphrodites caught in the act. The slugs are too violent for (more…)

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