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LONELY male penguins at Edinburgh Zoo are pairing off with each other - after running out of females to p-p-p-pick up.
The birds are put in a room together and allowed to mingle before pairing off.
In the latest study, researchers have looked at a particular "DNA specific binding molecule" including a protein known as CTCF that seemed to play a role in pairing off of X chromosomes.