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In July, researchers described an experiment where they isolated scorpions to see if they would be able to reproduce on their own.
Sure enough, they did — but when compared to scorpions in the wild, it seemed that asexual reproduction wasn’t the norm.
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In 2017, after looking at the genes of asexual vs. sexual nematodes, researchers found asexual lineages tended to do more damage to plants.
Their genetics seem to make them more adaptable to new environments and plant hosts.