|Title||The disposable male- the ultimate emancipation of females?|
|Author(s)||Aanen, Duur K.|
|Source||BMC Biology 16 (2018)1. - ISSN 1741-7007 - 4 p.|
Laboratory of Genetics
|Publication type||Refereed Article in a scientific journal|
Sexual reproduction is costly compared to asexual reproduction, in particular because males generally contribute little to offspring. Research published today in BMC Biology shows that some populations of a termite species have disposed of males altogether. However, this need not necessarily be seen as a victory for the females, since males in most termite societies are active colony members that contribute their fair share to colony tasks.