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The Reproductive System

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Science
Subject:
Human Anatomy
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9,10,11,12

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Observed in the worm species C.elegans, times of stress cause the mother's avalible energy to be channeled toward the reproductive system to protect offspring. The worm's cellualar mechanisms are closely tied to humans, raising the question that we may share this trait. Stress, like famine, releases the protein SKN-1 which protects cells and drives lipids to the reproductive system.

In a recent study, observing worms, results suggest that mothers sacrifice their health in order to protect the health of future generations.

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Procreation Surpasses Survival

Once at the reproductive system, the fat fuels the development of egg cells, making reproduction easier. After the worms ate again the lipids traveling to the reproductive system stopped and their stress level returned to a normal state. Although it benfits the future generation the mother has a higher likelyhood of a shortened lifespan.

RED DYE MARKS LIPIDS IN THE CELLS OF A NORMAL WORM (L), AND CONCENTRATED IN THE GERMLINE OF A WORM UNDER STRESS (R)

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R

The reproductive system includes internal and external organs - in males and females- that work together to procreate. This system ensures that genetic information in DNA is passed to offsping.

The Reproductive System


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