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Article ID: 706484

How sex pheromones diversify: lessons from yeast


Many organisms including insects, amphibians and yeasts use sex pheromones for attracting individuals of the opposite sex, but what happens to sex pheromones as new species emerge? New research publishing January 22 in the open-access journal PLOS Biology from Taisuke Seike and Hironori Niki at the National Institute of Genetics, Japan and Chikashi Shimoda at Osaka City University, Japan studies sex pheromones in the fission yeast Schizosaccharomyces pombe, revealing an “asymmetric” pheromone recognition system in which one pheromone operates extremely stringently whereas the other pheromone is free to undergo a certain degree of diversification, perhaps leading to a first step towards speciation.

15-Jan-2019 10:05 AM EST

Article ID: 706702

‘Dirty John’ and a Safety Plan for Domestic Violence

Johns Hopkins School of Nursing

Today we have a good understanding of the pattern of dangerous behaviors abusive men use to manipulate their partners. However, most women, their friends, and their family members do not have access to safety information. Dirty John presents an opportunity for women in abusive relationships to learn more about developing a personalized, practical safety plan for when in danger.

17-Jan-2019 3:05 PM EST

Social and Behavioral Sciences


Article ID: 706538

Study: Despite Progress, Gay Fathers and Their Children Still Structurally Stigmatized

University of Vermont

A study published in the February 2019 “Pediatrics” journal suggests the majority of gay fathers and their children continue to experience stigma with potentially harmful physical and psychological effects, despite legal, media and social advances. Study participants specifically cited structural stigma, such as state laws and beliefs of religious communities, as affecting their experiences in multiple social contexts.

15-Jan-2019 3:45 PM EST

Social and Behavioral Sciences

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    14-Jan-2019 11:00 AM EST

Article ID: 706319

Long-Acting Contraceptive Designed to be Self-Administered Via Microneedle Patch

Georgia Institute of Technology

A new long-acting contraceptive designed to be self-administered by women may provide a new family planning option, particularly in developing nations where access to healthcare can be limited, a recent study suggests. The contraceptive would be delivered using microneedle skin patch technology originally developed for the painless administration of vaccines.

10-Jan-2019 3:05 PM EST

Article ID: 705961

What Predicts Teen Partner Rape?

Michigan State University

If teen partner rape could be predicted, it could be better prevented. Social scientists from Michigan State University are helping close that gap by identifying risk factors linked to sexual violence in young women’s first relationships in life.

3-Jan-2019 11:05 AM EST

Social and Behavioral Sciences


Article ID: 705891

Painful Intercourse in Women Improved with Fibromyalgia Drug, Rutgers Study Says

Rutgers University-New Brunswick

Study suggests that the oral medication Gabapentin can reduce pain and increase sexual desire and satisfaction

2-Jan-2019 10:05 AM EST

Article ID: 705778

What's the ideal time to get pregnant?

University of Utah

It is difficult to comprehend declining fertility rates without a deeper understanding of the underlying perceptions that drive fertility-related behaviors. In a recent study published in Archives of Sexual Behavior, Robin E. Jensen, professor of communication at the University of Utah, surveyed 990 U.S. adults about their perceptions of human fertility.

20-Dec-2018 3:05 PM EST

Article ID: 705743

Strong committed relationships can buffer military suicides

Michigan State University

Can being in a strong committed relationship reduce the risk of suicide? Researchers at Michigan State University believe so, especially among members of the National Guard.

20-Dec-2018 10:05 AM EST

Social and Behavioral Sciences

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Article ID: 705639

Certain Moral Values May Lead to More Prejudice, Discrimination

American Psychological Association (APA)

People who value following purity rules over caring for others are more likely to view gay and transgender people as less human, which leads to more prejudice and support for discriminatory public policies, according to a new study published by the American Psychological Association.

18-Dec-2018 3:10 PM EST

Social and Behavioral Sciences

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