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Sex As We Know It Exists Because Of Parasites, Says New Study

Parasites and sex typically aren’t two things you want to think about together, but according to new research parasites might be responsible for sex as we know it.

PhysOrg reports that Indiana University biologists have affirmed the “Red Queen hypothesis” — the idea that human beings reproduce through sex because we’re, well, keeping up with the parasites, the ones that threaten to potentially harm us.

The hypothesis gets its name from a line in Lewis Carroll’s Through the Looking Glass: “It takes all the running you can do, to keep in the same place.” Read more…

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