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Scientist plays matchmaker to rare, left-coiling snails

Scientist plays matchmaker to rare, left-coiling snails

But since then, what had been a snail fairy tale has turned into something of a tragedy for Jeremy - its two possible mates proceeded to meet with each other instead.

So Angus Davison, associate professor at the University of Nottingham in England, made a public appeal on a British radio program in October 2016, seeking to find a mate for his snail, dubbed Jeremy, which he hoped could advance the study of body asymmetry in other animals, including humans.

Jeremy has had the benefit of the match-making skills of researchers, who want to study the genetics of left-sidedness and continue to hunt for a partner for Jeremy so they can study his offspring.

Shortly thereafter, Tomeu, a saucy left-coiling snail from Majorca, was introduced into the situation and they all went into a simulated hibernation in the fridge together - but when they woke up, Lefty and Tomeu ended up mating only with each other.

Scientists at the University of Nottingham launched the campaign past year to find potential suitors and discover more about Jeremy's genetics.

Sinistral or lefty snails are rare. They were put into a fridge for a few months to simulate normal snail hibernation during the winter. The first batch of eggs to hatch were "fathered" by Lefty and laid by Tomeu.




Lead researcher Dr Angus Davison said: "The fact that the babies developed right-coiling shells may be because the mother carries both the dominant and recessive versions of the genes that determine shell-coiling direction".

"It is far more likely that we will get to see left-coiling babies produced in the next generation or even the generation after that".

The molluscs are different because their shells spiral in an anti-clockwise direction - common species of snails have shells spiralling clockwise.

But back to Jeremy - you will be pleased to know that all is not lost.

Lefty, from Suffolk, and Tomeu, from Spain, came forward as potential mates following the #snaillove campaign on Twitter.


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