Intro tutorial: let’s talk about sex

The first tutorial will take place during the week of Sept 17-21. We’ll get to know each other, talk about how the tutorials will work, and discuss these two readings:

2002 Gallup et al. Does semen have anti-depressant properties? Archives of Sexual Behavior. 31: 289-293.

2012 Barron and Brown. Let’s talk about sex. Nature. 488: 151-152.

Some questions to think about as you read the semen study: What is the basis for their hypothesis? Is it reasonable? Are the methods adequate? What about the way the authors present their results?

After you read the Barron and Brown commentary, take a look at some of the popular media coverage on semen study, such as:

http://www.newscientist.com/article/dn2457-semen-acts-as-an-antidepressant.html

http://blogs.scientificamerican.com/bering-in-mind/2010/09/22/an-ode-to-the-many-evolved-virtues-of-human-semen/

Does anything stand out for you in the media coverage?

If you come across other links to relevant examples/articles for either of the readings, share them by posting a comment on this blog post or via Twitter (#biol210).

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