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    Default So there's a "Sequester" and the Feds can't afford basic funding for critical service

    Feds Fund $880,000 to Study Benefits of Snail Sex

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    New Zealand mud snail (AP Photo)

    (CNSNews.com) – The National Science Foundation awarded a grantfor $876,752 to the University of Iowa to study whether there is any benefit to sex among New Zealand mud snails and whether that explains why any organism has sex.

    The study, first funded in 2011 and continuing until 2015, will study the New Zealand snails to see if it is better that they reproduce sexually or asexually – the snail can do both – hoping to gain insight on why so many organisms practice sexual reproduction.

    “Sexual reproduction is more costly than asexual reproduction, yet nearly all organisms reproduce sexually at least some of the time. Why is sexual reproduction so common despite its costs,” the study’s abstract asks.

    “This project will use a different organism, Potamopyrgus antipodarum, a New Zealand snail, which has both sexual and independently-derived asexual lineages that make it ideally suited to address fundamental evolutionary questions of how genes and genomes evolve in the absence of sexual reproduction.”

    In other words, the study seeks to see if there are genetic advantages to sexual reproduction that justify its evolutionary costs, advantages such as avoiding genetic mutations or gene loss.
    So far, the grant has paid out $502,357, according to NSF, and could pay out the full $880,000 between now and 2015. The study is funded through what NSF calls a continuing grant meaning that it agrees with the researcher to fund a certain amount, but can end up spending more on the grant if NSF agrees that more money is warranted.

    The broader aim of the study is to find out why sexual reproduction and males exist, arguing that sex is biologically inefficient for females. Because an asexual organism can simply clone itself faster than it can reproduce if it finds a mate, the study seeks to see if there are other benefits to sexual reproduction that outweigh this ‘cost’ of finding a mate.

    In a University of Iowa press release announcing the grant, this is described as the “cost of males” – explaining that female organisms shouldn’t need to produce sons instead of daughters because producing daughters simply involves asexual duplication – which can then duplicate themselves – while male offspring cannot produce other male offspring unaided.

    “[T]he commonness of sex is surprising because asexual females should be able to produce twice as many daughters as sexual females that make both male and female offspring,” the release says.

    “Despite this and other costs, nearly all organisms reproduce sexually at least some of the time. This means that sex must be associated with profound advantages, while asexual reproduction must have significant evolutionary consequences.”

    http://cnsnews.com/news/article/feds...fits-snail-sex
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    First of all, sombody at the college must have a good buddy in government. This is down right highway robbery. For one thing, this question was answered back in "66" while I was in college at Regis in Denver, Colo. Asexual reproduction is a dead end evolution. There is no gene pool to draw from. Sexual reproduction draws from and strenthens the gene pool of the species. That is why even though it is labor intensive it is the reproduction of choice. Not to mention in the human species way more fun. They should throw everyone involved with this into prison for fraud.

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    Its programs like this, and giving our money to other goverments to hell them out in time of war and in natural disasters, Not to mention our sons, daughters, Mother's and Fathers' whom give life and limb for fughting other peoples battles,.ANd all the money Politicans are using and abusing such as Pelosi and he Airforce jet Fiasco. and yet she Dosnt nkot have to pay back the money, and drunk joe spending over 1 million in two days jusy to go see the pope ehan there are more pressing problems here at Home, Thes are the biggest buch of loosers on the planet, But this Sequester will not stop Goverment members from reclkessly & carlessly and most of all intentionally spending taxpayers money.. to thenm the sequester means its time off and time to party, but then again everyday they go to work is like this for them....Doc

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    Obamas parents had kids and that is costing us ., $1000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000 0000000000000000.00

    an we still don't know were he was born .

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    i heard rush the other day on the radio, he was listing dozens of questionable million dollar +++ studies, mostly about gay and lesbo health problems, like why are lesbos 80% more likely to be overweight, why lesbos are 90% higher chance to end up in re-hab, and similar stuff for gays--

    it is obvious that science is full of gays and this is all just more "payola" for their support in Obammas re-election. i bet every one of these government funded studies goes to a gay friend of Obummer!--

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    It's not snails but there are things slithering in the White House and DC!!

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