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Crayfish capable of cloning themselves

  • Published at 12:01 pm February 11th, 2018
Crayfish capable of cloning themselves
A crayfish, scientists have seen to not have existed even 25 years ago, is found to have the ability of cloning itself. Scientists have discovered that the female-only population of this species did not exist 25 years ago but now numbers in the millions. The European Union has banned its transport, production, and release, reports The New York Times. The marbled crayfish is a unique freshwater crayfish know for its massive size, and has a mutation that allows it to clone itself, reports Carl Zimmer at The New York Times. The crayfish first became popular with aquarium owners because of their size and ability to lay copious amounts of eggs. “The crayfish seemed to be laying eggs without mating," Zimmer wrote. Madagascar, where the crayfish are thriving, has become concerned about the size of the population. "There are a lot of clear advantages to being a clone," Zimmer added. "Marbled crayfish produce nothing but fertile offspring, allowing their populations to explode." It is unclear how long the population will be able to thrive.