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Sex or no sex, that is the question

Sex or no sex, that is the question

There are pros and cons to everything in life, and sex is no exception. From an evolutionary biology standpoint, sex is a compromise (which may explain why so many of our lawmakers seem to be against it). Reproducing asexually means you don’t have to share with anyone else: all your genes get packed into each … Continue reading

Parasites give snails an incentive for sex

Parasites give snails an incentive for sex

Among the New Zealand mud snail (Potamopyrgus antipodarum), some do it, some don’t. Have sex, that is. Just how many snails live the sexual life is determined, in large part, by how many snails in the population are infected by parasites, according to new research by Kayla King, Jukka Jokela, and Curtis Lively. The findings … Continue reading