Tagged with seminal fluid proteins

A story of sex and fly poop

A story of sex and fly poop

Scientists know a lot about fly sex. Maybe too much. We know how male fruit flies woo their mates. We’ve picked apart the seminal fluid to study all of the molecules in it. We know what happens to the female after sex–and how it can even make her sick. And we know what happens to … Continue reading

The discriminating vagina

The discriminating vagina

All kinds of things go into a woman’s vagina. Some are friendly (like sperm and vaginal microbes), and some are very bad (STDs). The immune system in the vagina has to be able to tell the difference and react appropriately. As you can imagine, the system isn’t perfect and sometimes things go terribly wrong. An … Continue reading

Slicing up seminal proteins

Slicing up seminal proteins

While I don’t doubt that you have all been eagerly awaiting an update to my ‘Publications’ page, some of you may not have noticed that it has finally arrived. After only about 5 and half years in graduate school, I finally have my very own first-author research article. Why did it take so long? Believe … Continue reading

Love is (sometimes) a battlefield

Love is (sometimes) a battlefield

Ladies, how much influence do your (male) mates have over you? If people are anything like insects, it might be more than you realize. Thankfully, humans aren’t quite insects. In the fruit fly (Drosophila melanogaster), males have a considerable amount of control over their mates. And they keep exerting their control long after they’ve moved on … Continue reading