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Both biology and culture likely contribute to our reproductive behaviour. TZIDO SUN/Shutterstock

Maternal instinct and biology: evolution ensures we want sex, not babies

Is a woman’s longing for a child evolution at work, or social conditioning? And what about those who don’t want kids? Are they defying nature? Probably not, as almost everyone wants sex.
Many animals form life-long partnerships, but they’re not always about sex. Brett Sayer/Flickr

Not every partnership is about sex

Many animals, including humans, form long-term partnerships, but some are same-sex, suggesting they’re not all about raising offspring but some other form of cooperation.
What the world is waiting for? Hannahmariah

Why the case against designer babies falls apart

Since science made it possible to research manipulating the cells that are linked to reproduction, the naysayers have carried the day. But how solid are their objections really?
Gird your loins. Shutterstock

Are plastics making men infertile?

Recent research into the health effects of the plastic-making chemicals phthalates has reignited concerns about low sperm counts. But the evidence is far from conclusive.
India’s sterilisation programme focuses on women. EPA/STR

Inside India’s sterilisation camps

A sterilisation camp held in Chhattisgarh, an impoverished state in central India, has claimed the lives of 13 women, most of whom were young and marginalised. The women, who died within hours of the procedure…
I’ll have a clean cage with a side of fertility issues. Mouse image via www.shutterstock.com

Common disinfectants impair mouse fertility

Mice possess a notable talent: they are excellent at making more mice. Their ability to reproduce at a breakneck pace is one reason they are often used as experimental research subjects. Thus, when Dr…
Three person IVF will prevent mitochondrial disease. Sukharevskyy Dmytro/Shutterstock

The ethics of three-person IVF

The UK parliament will soon consider making Britain the first country to allow three-person IVF. The regulations are yet to be approved, but the government is currently backing moves to allow the creation…

Light pollution upsets breeding lemurs

Light pollution disrupts the natural reproductive cycle of lemurs a new study has found. Male lemurs are sexually inactive…

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