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Promiscuous Mice Have Extra-Fast Sperm

By | October 19, 2016

The tails of polygamous deer mice sperm have longer midsections than the sperm tails of monogamous individuals of a similar species, and this correlates with improved swimming and competitive ability.

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First Uterus Transplant in U.S.

By | March 1, 2016

Less than six months after a woman in Sweden gave birth to a healthy baby from a transplanted womb, doctors in Cleveland begin a clinical trial to test the procedure in 10 US women.

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Squirmy Sperm

By | November 12, 2015

Scientists observe another form of locomotion for male gametes, akin to a snake’s slither.

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Common Chemicals Damage Sperm

By | May 13, 2014

Researchers elucidate a molecular mechanism through which endocrine disrupting compounds compromise the viability of human gametes.

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Contributors

By | September 1, 2013

Meet some of the people featured in the September 2013 issue of The Scientist.

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You Are When You Eat

By | September 1, 2013

Circadian time zones and metabolism

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Behavior Brief

By | July 8, 2013

A round-up of recent discoveries in behavior research

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In Chapter 3, “From Mating to Conception,” author Robert Martin explores the question of why humans and other primates frequently engage in sexual intercourse when females are not fertile.

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Widening the Fertile Window

By | July 1, 2013

Women may be able to store viable sperm for longer than a week, thus contributing to apparent variability in pregnancy lengths.

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Why Women’s Eggs Don’t Last

By | February 13, 2013

As reproductive tissues age, DNA repair mechanisms become less efficient, causing genomic damage to accumulate.

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