December 21, 2016, by Lindsay Brooke
21 December 2016 – what’s the story behind door number 21?
Lonely ‘lefty’ snail seeks mate for love – and genetic study.
In October lonely Jeremy, the rare lefty snail, hit the headlines when researcher Angus Davison set out to find him a mate.
Jeremy’s unique qualities make him a one in a million find – but also impossible for him to find mate. There was a serious side to this dilemma. Dr Davison is wanting to study the genetics of this ultra-rare garden snail.
Dr Angus Davison, an expert in evolutionary genetics in the School of Life Sciences, said: “This really is an exciting find – I have been studying snails for more than 20 years and I have never seen one of these before. We are very keen to study the snail’s genetics to find out whether this is a result of a developmental glitch or whether this is a genuine inherited genetic trait.”
Who opened the door?
The busy elves in our post room found a few spare moments to open door number 21 on our digital advent calendar. The elves are recruited every year at this time to help out with the extra workload!