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The dmw gene is purported to be involved in sex determination in amphibians, and is related to (thus is a paralog of ) the DMRT1 gene family which are sex determining genes in reptiles. In X. tropicalis, a diploid ( 2N=20) species, sex determination has been investigated by Monica Bullejos at the Universiidad de Jaen,Spain. She has used cytogenetic analysis to look for at chromosomes in metaphase, but could not see any differnce between X. laevis and X. tropicalis. Chemical induced sex reversal experiments determined that the sex determining system is a ZZ/ZW. Females are ZW, males are ZZ.