Virgin Birth Discovered In The World's Largest Snake

When a mommy snake loves a daddy snake very much, sometimes they make a baby snake. At least, that's what you've been taught. But a twenty-foot two-hundred pound female reticulated python didn't follow the rules, giving birth to six offspring with no help from a male. » 10/26/14 5:03pm 10/26/14 5:03pm

Chemistry can induce "virgin birth" in animals

You've probably heard of parthenogenesis. Some female animals can produce offspring without having any eggs fertilized. But did you know that humans have found ways to induce parthenogenesis for hundreds of years? » 11/09/12 9:30am 11/09/12 9:30am

Virgin birth has just been discovered in wild snakes. Cue Jurassic Park

Facultative parthogenesis, commonly known as "virgin birth," isn't unheard of in the animal kingdom, but it's especially rare among vertebrates. And while it's been observed in snakes in the past, never before has it been identified in any wildspecies. Until now. » 9/13/12 2:00pm 9/13/12 2:00pm

How scientists tried to confirm a "virgin birth" long before DNA testing

In the 1950s, geneticist Helen Spurway learned of a woman, Emmimarie Jones, who claimed that her daughter had been born without a father. Spurway had studied parthenogenesis in fish, and was curious as to whether a so-called "virgin birth" was possible in humans. But decades before DNA profiling, how could she confirm… » 8/19/12 1:00pm 8/19/12 1:00pm

A zebra shark has produced babies by "virgin birth" four years in a row

Zebedee is a captive zebra shark in the Burj aAl Arab hotel's aquarium in Dubai. It has never met a male shark in its entire life, and yet for the last four years it has successfully, miraculously produced healthy offspring. » 1/05/12 1:40pm 1/05/12 1:40pm

Virgin birth has been discovered in pit vipers

Chalk another one up to Jeff Goldblum — researchers say that female pit vipers, like the copperhead snake pictured up top, have joined the growing ranks of animals known to be capable of reproducing asexually, i.e. without mating with a member of the opposite sex. » 10/18/11 3:20pm 10/18/11 3:20pm

Virgin birth discovered in boa constrictors

Or, to put it in non-sensational terms: A boa in a pet store in Tennessee has reproduced asexually. And its offspring have a bizarre genetic makeup that scientists have never seen before. » 11/03/10 2:00pm 11/03/10 2:00pm

Science Fiction's Explanations for Virgin Birth

As Christmas approaches, many prepare to celebrate the mystery of the virgin birth. Check out our list of science fiction's own examples of single-parent reproduction, from pre-programmed pregnancy to alien encounters and drug-induced parthenogenesis. » 12/12/08 12:29pm 12/12/08 12:29pm

Time for a Movie About Parthenogenesis

It's been a couple of years since scientists were able to create a baby mouse via parthenogenesis, combining the DNA from two female mice to create a baby with no father. Now it's time for a scary, smart movie about what would happen to a world where men were no longer needed for reproduction. It's every man's worst… » 11/14/07 4:19pm 11/14/07 4:19pm