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Tragic Love Triangle Is Sad For Lonely Rare Snail, Still Good For Science

A garden snail with a rare genetic condition can't mate with normal snails; scientists launch an international search for a mate; two possible mates are found. But they mate with each other instead.
Rare snail Jeremy with the offspring of its two former suitors. Source: Angus Davison, University of Nottingham

It had been a timeless love story. A garden snail with a rare genetic condition can't mate with normal snails; scientists launch an international search for a mate; the snail becomes a media sensation; and miraculously not one but two possible mates are found.

That's where we left the tale of Jeremy, the rare left-coiling snail, last November.

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