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No Sex Please, We’re Copperheads!

Who?

A team from the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine,UK, and the Evolutionary and Translational Venomics Laboratory, Spain, have analyzed the venom of snake offspring in a recent study (1).

What?

The researchers were looking specifically at copperhead snakes conceived via facultative parthogenesis (FP) – where the mother reproduces without fertilization – to ascertain whether sexless reproduction might negatively impact the potency of venom (negative if you’re not their prey, that is).

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