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The disposable male— the ultimate emancipation of females?
© Aanen et al. 2018
- Published: 25 September 2018
The original article was published in BMC Biology 2018 16:96
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.
I thank Ben Auxier for helpful suggestions.
This work was supported by the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (VICI; NWO 86514007).
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