Tag: evolutionary biology

This Week in Research: Worm Sex, Seal Spit, and Insomnia

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Sometimes — like, say, when you’ve had a fight with your significant other — hermaphrodite life seems like the way to go. Back in the day, nematodes (aka roundworms) reproduced through male-female mating, but it didn’t take them long, evolutionarily speaking, to get over that; nowadays, they self-fertilize. Sounds very neat and uncomplicated — except that self-fertilization creates its own set of problems, according to recent research out of the University of Maryland.

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