HOME >> BIOLOGY >> NEWS
A Fresh Look At Love And War Between The Sexes

ANN ARBOR---Despite considerable evidence to the contrary, the cause of much of the conflict between the sexes isn't just that men are not monogamous.

According to a University of Michigan author, the underlying trouble is that we humans are anisogamous---we have sex cells of unequal size. Big eggs and little sperm. And what works to make eggs successful is very different from what works for sperm.

This fundamental inequality is the underlying reason that males and females of most mammalian species, from elephant seals and red deer to human beings, tend to engage in sex-specific types of mating behavior, says Bobbi S. Low, professor at the U-M School of Natural Resources and Environment and the author of "Why Sex Matters: A Darwinian Look at Human Behavior," forthcoming this year from Princeton University Press.

It's the reason guys act like guys whether they're lions or lambs or Yanomamo tribesman or the presidents of post-industrial nations.

In the book, Low draws on biology, anthropology, economics, and many other disciplines to analyze how the evolution of small male and large female sex cells, among many other factors including culture and environment, influences the way each sex behaves in the high-stakes evolutionary game of reproduction. Such an interdisciplinary approach avoids the flawed conclusion that biology is destiny.

Low also discusses various explanations for the unequal size of male and female gametes. That has been the recent subject of lively academic debate, as has the purpose of sex in the first place. Since sexual reproduction reduces our genetic contribution to the next generation by 50 percent and appears ridiculously inefficient compared to simply dividing in half like an amoeba, it's a mystery to many why we do it.

One explanation is that sex is a way to weed out surprisingly common adverse genetic mutations from the human gene pool. We profit from being sexual, as one scientist recently said, "to flush o
'"/>

Contact: Diane Swanbrow
swanbrow@umich.edu
734-647-4416
University of Michigan
9-Feb-1999


Page: 1 2 3

Related biology news :

1. Fresh evidence on Bhopal disaster
2. Fresh evidence points to marine bacteria as a source of anti-cancer drug
3. IFT/NCFST Symposium To Address Safety Of Fresh Produce
4. Freshwater Sponges May Pose Threat To Zebra Mussels
5. UB Study Finds No Relationship Between Male Consumption Of Lake Ontario Fish And Conception Delay
6. Jefferson Scientists Find Link Between Learning And Preventing Alzheimers
7. UI Researchers Find Possible Genetic Link Between The X Chromosome And Ovarian Cancer
8. Scientists Devise Method To Address Conflict Between Molecular Clock, Fossil Record Of Mammalian Evolution
9. Autoimmune Diseases Study Shows Differences Between Men And Women
10. Real Connection Between Oral Health And Heart Disease
11. Gap Widening Between Genetic And Behavioral Research

Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
TAG: Fresh Look Love And War Between The Sexes

(Date:3/12/2015)... 12, 2015 Beta Systems ... and access management (IAM) solution for a fixed ... Beta System,s new IAM package, customers benefit from ... from multiple IAM implementations across different industries. The ... well as any necessary services and consulting. It ...
(Date:3/11/2015)... Mar. 11, 2015 Research and Markets ... "Access Control Market by Product, Application & By ... report to their offering. , This report ... reach $10.4 billion by 2020, with an estimated CAGR ... covers the products types such as contact cards & ...
(Date:3/10/2015)... NEW YORK , March 10, 2015  Continuing ... and the Unexpected, Hammacher Schlemmer introduces The Eye ... user,s identity before granting access to secure websites or ... trusted to verify travelers at international borders, the device ... 240 distinctive pattern points of the iris, converting them ...
Breaking Biology News(10 mins):Beta Systems Fast Forward IAM Available Now: a Standardized IAM Package at a Fixed Price 2Global Access Control (Cards & Readers, Biometrics, Controllers, Management Software) Market 2015-2020 - Analysis of the $10 Billion Market 2Hammacher Schlemmer Introduces The Eye Scanning Password Authenticator 2
(Date:3/26/2015)... ReliantHeart, Inc., an innovative supplier of advanced mechanical ... transit-time flow measurement solutions, are collaborating on a miniature ... the HeartAssist5® Left Ventricular Assist Device (LVAD). ... and peace of mind. , The Transonic flow ... 1/6th of the power required by earlier flow board ...
(Date:3/25/2015)... 26, 2015 Agnition announced today that ... American Farmer, airing for the first time at 7:30 ... American Farmer will explore the extremely important role soil ... with a patented Microbial Catalyst™ technology that enhances soil ... The segment will air again on April 28. , ...
(Date:3/25/2015)... (PRWEB) March 25, 2015 Laboratory ... Top-Loading Balances and Analytical Balances to get best-performing ... line of weighing balances from the trusted brand ... Balances increase your efficiency by providing a ... of samples. Weighing modes include parts counting, percent ...
(Date:3/25/2015)... Francisco, CA (PRWEB) March 25, 2015 ... Support for Novel Mechanism of Action in Neuromuscular ... 25, 2015 – Cytokinetics, Incorporated (Nasdaq: CYTK) announced ... fast skeletal muscle troponin activator tirasemtiv in the ... a Phase IIa “Evidence of Effect” or hypothesis-generating ...
Breaking Biology Technology:LVAD patients to have greater mobility and peace of mind through Transonic and ReliantHeart’s True Flow collaboration for the HeartAssist5® 2LVAD patients to have greater mobility and peace of mind through Transonic and ReliantHeart’s True Flow collaboration for the HeartAssist5® 3Agnition to be Featured In Upcoming Episode of American Farmer on RFD-TV 2New Economical Top-Loading and Analytical Symmetry Balances from Cole-Parmer 2Cytokinetics Announces Publication of Results from Phase II Trial of Tirasemtiv in Patients with Myasthenia Gravis 2Cytokinetics Announces Publication of Results from Phase II Trial of Tirasemtiv in Patients with Myasthenia Gravis 3Cytokinetics Announces Publication of Results from Phase II Trial of Tirasemtiv in Patients with Myasthenia Gravis 4Cytokinetics Announces Publication of Results from Phase II Trial of Tirasemtiv in Patients with Myasthenia Gravis 5Cytokinetics Announces Publication of Results from Phase II Trial of Tirasemtiv in Patients with Myasthenia Gravis 6
Cached News: