O is for…

By Carl Zimmer | June 9, 2005 5:07 pm

I’ve been meaning to get around to writing about female orgasms.

Philosopher of science Elizabeth Lloyd just published a new book in which she rejects the idea that they are an adapation. Then a paper was just published tying variation in the experience of orgasms to genes.

Unfortunately, I’ve been hideously overworked this week. Fortunately, Elizabeth Lloyd herself is no stranger to the blogosphere, and she’s written an interesting post on the paper. Her conclusion: heritability does not equal adaptation, and some scientists need to think more carefully about the evolutionary implications of their work.


Comments (3)

  1. Lee

    Oh Carl, I think you mean “adaptation”, instead of “adapation”, although many people will by default “correct” the word when reading.

  2. If quantity and quality of female orgasms are genetically controlled, the tantalizing idea would be that drugs could manipulate the phenomenon.


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Carl Zimmer writes about science regularly for The New York Times and magazines such as DISCOVER, which also hosts his blog, The LoomHe is the author of 12 books, the most recent of which is Science Ink: Tattoos of the Science Obsessed.


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