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Sari van Anders: Sexy Thoughts, Sexy Data

Assistant professor, Psychology and Women’s Studies, University of Michigan. Age: 36

The Hidden Side of Sex

Sexual selection doesn’t end when females choose a mate. Females and males of many animal species employ an array of tactics to stack the deck in their reproductive favor.

The Sex Paradox

Birds do it. Bees do it. We do it. But not without a physical, biochemical, and genetic price. How did the costly practice of sex become so commonplace?

Accidental Orgasms

Meet the researcher struggling to gain approval for his medical device, which was originally designed to relieve back pain, but turned out to be an orgasm inducer.

Let’s Talk About Sex

In lieu of a career in punk rock, James Pfaus opted to study the brain signals underlying sexual behavior and then see what happened when he manipulated them.

News & Opinion

Covering the life sciences inside and out

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DNA Ancestry for All

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Big ad campaigns and celebrity involvement have helped increase public interest in genetic genealogy, but helping consumers understand their DNA ancestry testing results remains difficult.

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Mutations Pervade Mitochondrial DNA

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Pathogenic mutations in mitochondrial DNA are common in healthy people, according to a new study.

Scientists show how cell stress both prevents and promotes cell suicide in a study that’s equally divisive.

Compared to induced pluripotent stem cells generated from somatic cells, stem cells created by nuclear transfer appear to be closer to the genetic state of embryonic cells.

The Nutshell

Daily News Roundup

Olfactory receptors in the skin may help repair damaged skin, a study shows.

Archosaur fossil suggest dinosaurs were not the ancestors of modern birds, according to a new study.

Researchers identify a set of proteins that can predict the development of Alzheimer’s disease-related dementia with 87 percent accuracy.

An updated analysis of the gut microbiome extends the list of known bacterial genes to 9.8 million. 

Current Issue

July 2014

Sexual selection doesn’t end when females choose a mate. Females and males of many animal species employ an array of tactics to stack the deck in their reproductive favor.

Birds do it. Bees do it. We do it. But not without a physical, biochemical, and genetic price. How did the costly practice of sex become so commonplace?

Across the animal kingdom, dominance isn’t the only way for a male to score. Colluding, sneaking around, or cross-dressing can work, too.

Multimedia

Video, Slideshows, Infographics

Watch flightless dung beetles (Circellium bacchus), sneaky copulators and crap connoisseurs, do their thing in South Africa.

Check out the remarkable explosive eversion of the duck penis.

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