Parasite ’causes shrimp to change sex’

SCIENTISTS have discovered a gender-bending parasite that is believed to be responsible for turning male shrimps and other crustaceans into females.

Scientists believe the discovery could be a breakthrough for commercial mussel and oyster bed operations which suffer major consequences from the sex-change problem.

Microbiologists at the University of Portsmouth have found that the new species of paramyxean is responsible for the changes which were previously put down to a parasite known as microsporidians…
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