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Sex

Volume 28 Issue 7 | July 2014

Featured Articles

image: The Hidden Side of Sex

The Hidden Side of Sex

By | July 1, 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.

image: The Sex Paradox

The Sex Paradox

By | July 1, 2014

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?

image: Sly Guys

Sly Guys

By | July 1, 2014

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

Departments

Contributors

Contributors

Meet some of the people featured in the July 2014 issue of The Scientist

Editorial

Carnal Knowledge

Sex is an inherently fascinating aspect of life. As researchers learn more and more about it, surprises regularly emerge.

Speaking of Science

Speaking of Sex

July 2014's selection of notable quotes

Freeze Frame

Spineless Sex

Not to be outdone by vertebrates, invertebrates employ a suite of interesting structures and behaviors to accomplish procreation.

Notebook

Sex and Drugs

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

The Love Bug

A mysterious iridovirus outbreak in a lab colony of crickets reveals the virus’s ability to spur increased sexual activity.

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.

A Rock and a Hard Place

Meet the retired chemical engineer who has made quite the impression on paleoentomology by uncovering ancient secrets of insect coitus.

Critic At Large

Going Beyond the Lab

Scientists who study the biological roots of sexual orientation should continue working with educators, policy-makers, and the public to put their data to good use.

To Study Unfettered

Researching the causes of sexual orientation should be guided by scientific, not social, concerns.

Modus Operandi

Laser-Guided Chastity

Scientists devise a precision-targeted system for training, tracking, and tweaking fruit fly social behavior.

The Literature

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.

Fatty Pheromones

A new class of pheromones, triacylglycerides, helps male fruit flies mark their mates to deter rivals.

Size Matters

The disproportionately endowed carabid beetle reveals that the size of female—and not just male—genitalia influences insemination success.

Profile

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.

Scientist to Watch

Sari van Anders: Sexy Thoughts, Sexy Data

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

Lab Tools

Bird’s-Eye Proteomics

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

The Sooner, The Better

New approaches to diagnosing bacterial infections may one day allow the identification of pathogens and their antibiotic susceptibility in a matter of hours or minutes.

Bio Business

That Loving Feeling

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

Reading Frames

Geni-Tales

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

Capsule Reviews

Capsule Reviews

Sex on Earth, Wild Connection, The Classification of Sex, and XL Love

Foundations

Imaging Intercourse, 1493

For centuries, scientists have been trying to understand the mechanics of human intercourse. MRI technology made it possible for them to get an inside view.

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