The Virgin Bee – Virgin Births Among Honeybees
A groundbreaking study conducted by the University of Sydney has discovered a gene in Cape honey bees that causes virgin births. Scientists are buzzing and it is understandable why because this study may be the first time that the genetic basis of such a phenomenon has been discovered.
So what does this mean about reproduction on earth? Is sex even required anymore or as we have seen with the Cape honey bees, can some animals create life all by themselves asexually.
To help us understand what the findings of this research can tell us about our understanding of reproduction is Benjamin Olyroud, a Behavioural Geneticist from the University of Sydney.