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Reptile sex determination goes wild

Wild populations of an Australian lizard have sex chromosomes and also exhibit temperature-controlled sexual development, providing insight into how these two sex-determining mechanisms may evolve back and forth. See Letter p.79

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Bull, J. Reptile sex determination goes wild. Nature 523, 43–44 (2015).

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