Sex and Sexual Selection

Why bother with sex? What's the point of sperm and egg (gamete) production, and the recombination of two parent's chromosomes into their offspring, when we could pass on our genome directly to the next generation in an asexual manner? Despite the high social value humans place on sex, there are a number of reasons that … Continue reading Sex and Sexual Selection

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Aging

So why do we age? Aging - the deterioration of the body (soma) and diminished reproductive output over time - is a phenomenon that has puzzled evolutionary biologists for decades. Mechanistic causes show the how, through the soma wearing out from oxidative stress, cellular signalling breakdown etc., but assessing the why brings us to question … Continue reading Aging