NEW NON-DETRIMENTAL METHOD FOR SEX DIFFERENTIATION OF SEA URCHINS | EMBRC

NEW NON-DETRIMENTAL METHOD FOR SEX DIFFERENTIATION OF SEA URCHINS

2020.02.18

NEW NON-DETRIMENTAL METHOD FOR SEX DIFFERENTIATION OF SEA URCHINS

Researchers Dr. Estefanía Paredes and Damián Costas at one of the operators of EMBRC-ES, ECIMAT (Estación de Ciencias Mariñas de Toralla, Vigo, Spain) have fine-tuned a method to identify the sex of urchins without inducing spawning. For many urchin-related studies, differentiating males and females is crucial and up to now, sea urchin sex was identified with far-from-innocuous methodologies such as dissection or injection of KCl, which induces spawning. 

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