Celebrate National Science Week with an amazing exploration of life.
Giving birth to a live baby, rather than laying an egg, is an important biological innovation allowing animals to incubate embryos internally. You might be surprised to learn that live birth (viviparity) has evolved independently hundreds of times in very diverse species, including lizards, sharks, and even cockroaches. However, we know little about pregnancy beyond mammals like ourselves, which is where Dr Camilla Whittington’s research comes in.
Discover how Dr Whittington (School of Life and Environmental Science, University of Sydney) is using cutting-edge techniques to identify pregnancy genes – the instructions in an animal’s DNA that cause it to have a live baby rather than laying an egg. Explore how her work identifies the fundamental processes of pregnancy in lizards, mammals and fish, including the world’s only male-pregnant animals – the seahorses.
Take part in hands-on activities and displays following the lecture.