It's sex week on the Loom

By Carl Zimmer | July 26, 2010 12:40 pm

sandwasp

Birds do it, bees do it, even educated viruses do it. And for some reason my stack of interesting scientific papers is particularly heavy at the moment with research on the evolution of sex. So let’s not be shy. All this week, I will blog about sex.

[Image: mating sand wasps, Alex Wild]

CATEGORIZED UNDER: Evolution, Meta, Sex Week 2010
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Comments (11)

  1. viruses do it? I thought they were too lazy and invaded a host cell for reproducing instead.

  2. A cell is a great place for having sex (if you’re a virus) http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/12967275

  3. MT-LA

    Carl Zimmer:
    “A cell is a great place for having sex (if you’re a virus)”…
    …or if you’re an inmate! BA ZING

  4. Left_Wing_Fox

    What’s that old line about Nature? The best way to get published is to find the biggest of something, the smallest of something or something that f***s funny.

  5. Ralph Wiggum

    My cat’s breath smells like cat food.

  6. Sex is profoundly underrated. (As an evolutionary force, I mean, of course.)

  7. Hey Carl,

    We did Sex Week in May 2009 at Deep Sea News. If you’re interested (ya know, in case ya need some decent material for this rag ;p), start here and work your way forward: http://deepseanews.com/tag/sex-week/page/3/

  8. Leslie

    Ironic that there is only one week devoted to sex?

    [CZ: Put it this way–this was the one week I wrote a post every day about sex. But heaven knows that they’re not the only ones I’ve written…]

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A blog about life, past and future. Written by DISCOVER contributing editor and columnist Carl Zimmer.

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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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