Stable Cretaceous sex chromosomes enable molecular sexing in softshell turtles

Posted in Pogona Research on Feb 16, 2017

My colleagues, Michail Rovatsos, Peter Praschag, Uwe Fritz & Lukáš Kratochvíl have identified differentiated ZZ/ZW sex chromosomes in two species of the softshell turtles (Trionychidae) and Z-specific genes were identified in one of these species. Our knowledge of sex chromosome genes is growing rapidly across a range of reptile species, and so much closer is the discovery of a sex determining gene in a reptile. Further information -- Scientific Reports | 7:42150 | DOI: 10.1038/srep42150.

Scientists descend on Canberra to discuss Turtles in Crisis

Posted in Turtle Research on Feb 12, 2017

Many freshwater turtles in Australia are facing a crisis owing to the interplay of natural conditions (particularly drought) and human-induced changes to their environment. This symposium will bring together existing evidence to chart future knowledge needs so that we can better respond to freshwater turtle declines.

Renewed Funding for Team Pogona

Posted in Pogona Research on Nov 03, 2016

Congratulations to Arthur Georges, Janine Deakin, Stephen Sarre, Tariq Ezaz, Clare Holleley, Jenny Graves and their collaborators for their recent success in securing renewed funding from the Australian Research Council to continue their work on sex determination in dragons.

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