Hermaphrodites: The Single Organism Descriptive Essay by Nicky

Hermaphrodites: The Single Organism
This is a brief paper describing the genetics of hermaphrodites.
# 148775 | 847 words | 6 sources | APA | 2011 | US
Published on Nov 05, 2011 in Biology (Genetics) , Biology (General)

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This is a brief paper describing the biology behind a hermaphrodite. Taking a close look at how organisms become hermaphroditic, the paper describes the process of organisms blending and combining together. The writer focuses largely on the biology of the process and the natural evolution of these changes in genetics.

From the Paper:

"A single organism that makes both small and large gametes at some point in life is called a hermaphrodite. An individual who makes both sizes at the same time is a simultaneous hermaphrodite, and one who makes them at different times is a sequential hermaphrodite. Most flowering plants are simultaneous hermaphrodites because they make pollen and seeds at the same time. Pollen is the male part of a plant and the ovule is the female part. A pollinated ovule turns into a tiny embryo that detaches, to be blown away by the wind or carried away by an animal. Among animals, hermaphrodism is common in the ocean. Most marine invertebrates, such as barnacles, snails, starfish, fan worms, and sea anemones, are hermaphroditic. Many fish are as well. (Roughgarden, 2004)
"Hermaphrodism can also be an asset to the geneticist is another way. Take for instance the nematode Caenorhabditis elegans, which has been a staple of developmental biology research since the 1960s. It has come to be the geneticist prime target in genomic experimentation and research, in large part because of its relative simplicity and its straightforward developmental evolution. Additionally it is a mostly transparent roundworm, a benefit for researchers wishing to keep track of which cells end up where. Indeed, studying its development in a stepwise fashion seems so straightforward that it has been referred to it as "the reductionist's delight." (Kaplan, 2006) C. elegans has two forms, a hermaphrodite and a male form."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Corazza, E. (2004). Reflecting the Mind: Indexicality and Quasi-Indexicality. Oxford: Clarendon Press
  • Dreger, A. D. (1998). Hermaphrodites and the Medical Invention of Sex. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press.
  • Hope, Ian A. (1999) C. elegans: a practical approach. London: Oxford University Press.
  • Kaplan, J. (2006). Misinformation, Misrepresentation and Misuse of Human Behavioral Genetics Research. Law and Contemporary Problems, 69(1-2), 47-59.
  • Omoto, C. K., & Lurquin, P. F. (2004). Genes and DNA: A Beginner's Guide to Genetics and Its Applications. New York: Columbia University Press.

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