About this site
If you have a fascination with science and what it can tell us about how and why sex works, then you’ve come to the right place. I comb through the scientific literature–looking for interesting research about the molecular biology of sex, sexual behavior, and the evolution of sex–so you don’t have to. This blog is a place for me to post the best of what I find in the “nitty gritty science” of sex for you to enjoy as well. There may also be the occasional post about something I found online related to sex that isn’t directly from research articles.
Hi, I’m Brooke. I earned my Ph.D. studying proteins in fruit fly seminal fluid that affect fertility. It may seem weird that there are people out there trying to find out what’s in fruit fly semen, but it was pretty fun work. Scientists use flies to understand why all that extra stuff that males pass to females with their sperm is necessary. The questions we are trying to answer are basic ones about how reproduction works in the first place, and how infertility can be caused by problems in seminal fluid.
I’m interested in sex-related research because there is so much still to discover about how and why sex works. So much of the fascinating biological diversity in the world is a product–in one way or another–of the sexual process. Just think about the peacock’s tail. Those crazy feathers would never exist if peahens weren’t so picky and peacocks weren’t so worried about getting some action (an example of sexual selection).
Update: Since my last post…quite some time ago, I joined the editorial staff of Nature Genetics. Even though I am no longer a scientific sex worker and have not been able to update the blog, I hope you find the posts (and the science) interesting. Thanks for checking out the site!