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Posted by froggied on May 09, 2003 at 03:12:24:
In Reply to: Explanation: Deformities Using Tremper Incubation Method posted by froggied on May 09, 2003 at 02:08:04:
The biology teacher is completely correct (sorry i didn't catch the name). It's not a mutation (although he/she forgot that there are 6 other forms of mutation, but they aren't that important). Heat can't nessessarly cause a mutation, therefore it's more likely a deformity.
It's probably not just the rapid cell growth due to heat, as many species can be sped up using heat. (particularly in reptiles, amphibians, and birds, basically most oviparious species) without illful affects. However, heat would cause a rapid growth of microbes too... many of which can transpher through the soft shell of a reptile through a carrier, say a dirty spoon or hand. THese microbs have been known to cause deformations or even death. This can be observed in almost any animal including humans. I find this theory more likely then just rapid cell growth. Escpecially in an organism that is heat resistant. 90 degree incubation for a few days/weeks isn't going to nessessarly deform (though it can kill) and animal that is periodically exposed to 100+ temps. 90 degrees could just be due to a heat wave in the wild... something i'm sure wild populations survive and deal with pretty consistantly.