Inheritance & Variation of Traits, Inheritance 1: Behavior and Reproduction (MS), Inheritance 2: Genes and Growth (MS), Inheritance 2: Role of DNA (HS), Inheritance 4: Asexual/Sexual (MS), Inheritance 4: Population Genetics (HS), Inheritance 5: DNA Technology (MS), Life Science

Sexual reproduction in parasitic protists

Sexual reproduction and genetic exchange in parasitic protists SUMMARY: Sexual reproduction is often murky in parasites because it’s difficult to observe. There are two other ways to determine if an organism has sex: differences in genomes and genes for meiosis. However, in parasites, there are exceptions to this rule in that some organisms may have… Continue reading Sexual reproduction in parasitic protists

Inheritance & Variation of Traits, Inheritance 1: Behavior and Reproduction (MS), Life Science, Natural Selection & Evolution, NSE 3: Trait Selection (HS)

Insights into transgenerational epigenetics from studies of ciliates

Insights into transgenerational epigenetics from studies of ciliates SUMMARY: This article summarizes what we know about ciliate epigenetics so far. The first section is an introduction to their weird nucleus situation: ciliates have two types of nuclei, the macronucleus and the micronucleus. Several examples of ciliate epigenetics are given in sections 2 and 3. Some… Continue reading Insights into transgenerational epigenetics from studies of ciliates

Inheritance & Variation of Traits, Inheritance 2: Genes and Growth (MS), Inheritance 2: Role of DNA (HS), Inheritance 4: Asexual/Sexual (MS), Inheritance 5: DNA Technology (MS), Life Science

Meiotic Genes in Colpodean Ciliates Support Secretive Sexuality

Meiotic Genes in Colpodean Ciliates Support Secretive Sexuality SUMMARY: Researchers compared the genomes of two ciliates: one known to have sex, and another that has not been observed to have sex under laboratory conditions. Genes for meiosis were found in both classes of ciliates. Also, structures such as the micronuclei and macronuclei indicate that perhaps… Continue reading Meiotic Genes in Colpodean Ciliates Support Secretive Sexuality

Inheritance & Variation of Traits, Inheritance 4: Asexual/Sexual (MS), Inheritance 4: Population Genetics (HS), Life Science, Natural Selection & Evolution, NSE 1: Evolution Evidence (HS), NSE 4: Adaption (HS), NSE 4: Fitness (MS), NSE 5: Natural Selection (MS)

Rotifers Eating Foreign DNA

Evidence Supporting the Uptake and Genomic Incorporation of Environmental DNA in the “Ancient Asexual” Bdelloid Rotifer Philodina roseola SUMMARY: This study looked at whether bdelloid rotifers were better at taking in DNA compared to Monogononta rotifers. Bdelloids are a class of rotifers that only reproduce asexually. There has never been a male observed. Their cells… Continue reading Rotifers Eating Foreign DNA