An Amazon molly, Poecilia formosa, an asexual fish species native to Texas that is entirely female. (Credit: Dr. Manfred Schartl.)

Texas A&M Biologist Leads International Team That Sequences First Amazon Molly Fish Genome

Feb 12, 2018
"Unexpectedly, we did not find the signs of genomic decay as predicted. Our findings suggest that the molly's thriving existence can be explained by the fact that the fish has a hardy genetic makeup that is often rare in nature and gives the animals some survival benefits."
Dr. Manfred Schartl, Texas A&M Hagler Institute for Advanced Study 2015-16 Faculty Fellow