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Sunday, October 14, 2007

No sex please, we're bdelloid rotifers

I thought this was an interesting story. Rather like Alberich's renouncing love for ever in Wagner's Das Rheingold in order to rule the world, the bdelloid rotifers abjured sex in order to be able to survive against the odds. Fifteen million years in, they probably felt pretty good about it as the dinosaurs and much of the rest of Earth's life-forms softly and silently vanished away. Then just 65 million more years of nookie-less existence. Ho hum.

So next time you think it's been a while since you had sex, think of the upside. When global warming has dried the planet out, you'll be laughing.


At 16 October, 2007 15:55, Anonymous eddi the seahorse said...

Hmmm. I've heard that if you give up sex, you don't necessarily live any longer. It just seems like it...


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