Word of the day

The word for today is…

(A Sir David Attenborough special).

parthenogenesis (noun) – 1. A form of reproduction in which an unfertilized egg develops into a new individual, occurring commonly among insects and certain other arthropods.
2. The artificial activation of an unfertilized usually mammalian egg, resulting in an embryolike cell cluster from which stem cells can be harvested.

Source : The Free Dictionary

Etymology : “Reproduction without fertilization,” 1849, from Greek parthenos “virgin,” of unknown origin, + -genesis “birth, origin, creation.”


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Peter is a fourth-generation New Zealander, with his mother’s and father’s folks having arrived in New Zealand in the 1870s. He lives in Lower Hutt with his wife, three cats and assorted computers.

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