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Researchers find gene for rooster’s sex organ size

| | June 7, 2013

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Given the chicken’s agricultural importance, scientists long knew that, like 97% of bird species, roosters didn’t have a significant penis—at least, not one large enough to deliver semen deep inside a female’s reproductive tract. And a new study published today in Current Biology found that the activity of a single gene is enough to literally dis-member a chicken’s penis during embryonic development.

Read the full story here: Single Gene Explains How the Rooster Lost His Penis

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