A Multipurpose Gene Facilitates the Evolution of an Animal Weapon
A Multipurpose Gene Facilitates the Evolution of an Animal Weapon
A single gene called BMP11 regulates not only the size and proportions of a water strider’s massively long third legs, but also how it uses the limbs in fights.
A Multipurpose Gene Facilitates the Evolution of an Animal Weapon
A Multipurpose Gene Facilitates the Evolution of an Animal Weapon

A single gene called BMP11 regulates not only the size and proportions of a water strider’s massively long third legs, but also how it uses the limbs in fights.

A single gene called BMP11 regulates not only the size and proportions of a water strider’s massively long third legs, but also how it uses the limbs in fights.

reproduction
No Proof COVID-19 Vaccine Affects Menstruation or Fertility
No Proof COVID-19 Vaccine Affects Menstruation or Fertility
Lisa Winter | Apr 27, 2021
Following vaccination, some women claim their periods have changed, leading to rumors about how the shots affect recipients’ reproductive systems, and even others’ by proxy.  
Polycystic Ovary Syndrome May Be Inherited Epigenetically
Polycystic Ovary Syndrome May Be Inherited Epigenetically
Katarina Zimmer | Feb 9, 2021
Female mice modeling the hormonal disorder can pass symptoms down for several generations, likely via changes in genome methylation that are similarly observed in women with PCOS.
Menstrual Cycles Intermittently Sync with Moon Cycles: Study
Menstrual Cycles Intermittently Sync with Moon Cycles: Study
Asher Jones | Feb 5, 2021
A long-term study finds that these rhythms align at certain times of women’s lives, shedding new light on the controversial idea that lunar phases influence human reproduction.
Plants in Motion
Plants in Motion
The Scientist Staff | Feb 1, 2021
Meet Shoko Sakai, a scientist at Kyoto University's Center for Ecological Research, who explains some of the remarkable reproductive adaptations of plants.
Women’s Cervical Mucus Prefers Some Sperm Over Others 
Women’s Cervical Mucus Prefers Some Sperm Over Others 
Abby Olena | Aug 18, 2020
In human male-female pairs with a less similar suite of genes for human leukocyte antigens, sperm fare better when exposed to cervical mucus.
For Mates to Fuse Bodies, Some Anglerfish Have Lost Immune Genes
For Mates to Fuse Bodies, Some Anglerfish Have Lost Immune Genes
Katarina Zimmer | Jul 30, 2020
In most vertebrates, the absence of adaptive immunity would be catastrophic, but in some deep-sea angler fish species, it enables their “wild” and “wacky” mating habits.
Image of the Day: Filament Networks
Image of the Day: Filament Networks
Amy Schleunes | Mar 11, 2020
Fossils from Newfoundland, Canada, reveal the extensive connections that existed among Earth’s earliest, sea-dwelling animals.
Swamp Wallabies Can Have Two Separate Pregnancies at Once
Swamp Wallabies Can Have Two Separate Pregnancies at Once
Lisa Winter | Mar 3, 2020
Before the joey is born, another pregnancy has already started.
Image of the Day: Impaired Meiosis
Image of the Day: Impaired Meiosis
Amy Schleunes | Feb 7, 2020
A phthalate commonly found in shampoos, cosmetics, and cleaning products disrupts reproduction in worms.