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Record number 541647
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.
Department(s) PE&RC
Laboratory of Genetics
Publication type Refereed Article in a scientific journal
Publication year 2018

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.

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