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Sex and Drugs

Did 20th-century pharmaceutical and technological advances shape modern sexual behaviors?

Bird’s-Eye Proteomics

A guide to mass spectrometers that can handle the top-down-proteomics challenge

Geni-Tales

Penises and vaginas are not just simple sperm delivery and reception organs. They have been perfected by eons of sexual conflict.

Speaking of Sex

July 2014’s selection of notable quotes

That Loving Feeling

There are no FDA-approved drugs to treat low sexual desire in women, but not for lack of trying.

Semen Says

Scientists report for the first time that a snail’s seminal fluid proteins can suppress the mating success of the male side of its hermaphroditic partner.

News & Opinion

Covering the life sciences inside and out

Researchers find that a type of neurodegeneration in mice is linked to ribosomal stalling during protein translation in the brain.

A former graduate student says he feels slighted by a failure to attribute his contributions to a line of research regarding the salinity tolerances of an invasive species.

Due to the effects of climate change, female fur seals that successfully breed do so later in life and are more likely to have increased variability within their genomes.

The microbial contents of sand fly stomachs may have important consequences for the spread of leishmaniasis.

The Nutshell

Daily News Roundup

Our canine companions may have the capacity to feel human-like jealousy, according to a study.

Blood-based Alzheimer’s diagnostics; CRISPR cuts out HIV; Leishmania and the sand fly microbiome; deconstructing the lionfish science fair debacle

Hundreds of loci in the genome are associated with the age at which a girl starts menstruating.

African elephants have more genes for olfactory receptors than dogs or humans, a study shows. 

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

Flying dinos, genetic pacemakers, and dangerous microbes on the loose

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

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Asynt announces PressureSyn – the new, state-of-the-art, 125ml working volume high pressure reactor.

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Mystaire® Inc, Creedmoor NC announces the release of Aura® Elite Ductless Fume Hood.

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