It’s all about sex,baby!

Here’s some cool news: scientists are a little closer to understanding how sex evolved. Aparently, the answer “because it feels fucking awesome” wasn’t good enough for a few eggheads, and they decided to try and figure out some clever experiements to test out a few theories. A group of researchers at the University of Indiana found if they manipulated the sex of the round worm Caenorhabditis elegans, those that reproduced asexually were less likely to be resilient to parasites, and therefore less likely to pass on their genes.

It may come as a shock to most of you, but the development of sex as a reproductive strategy is still a little bit of a mystery. We know it’s incredibly useful, but until now we’ve lacked solid evidence demonstrating effectively why such a survival strategy is beneficial.

Of course this doesn’t prove anything just yet; like all good science, we will need to wait and see if the experiments, once repeated, have the same outcome. Still, it’s encouraging to know we might be a lot closer to answering the mystery that is sex.

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    If you think that is interesting, try The Red Queen Effect by Matt Ridley. He goes into quite a bit of depth about the evolution of sex (to fight off parasites), some of the current questions researches are running into regarding that process, and how it is related to humans (it defines our idea of beauty for one).

    You’ll love it.

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