Sex With Animals: Results of a new survey

The new Brazilian report about sex with animals has finally been published online. “Sex with Animals (SWA): Behavioral Characteristics and Possible Association with Penile Cancer. A Multicenter Study,” Stênio de Cássio Zequi [pictured here], et al., Journal of Sexual Medicine, published online October 2011. (Thanks to Richard Wassersug for bringing this to our attention.) The […]

Mouse Allergens and the Presence of a Cat

Nature’s game of cat and mouse continues, with a newly discovered twist: “Housing and Allergens: A Pooled Analysis of Nine U.S. Studies,” Jonathan Wilson, Sherry L. Dixon, Patrick Breyss David Jacobs, Gary Adamkiewicz, Ginger L. Chew, Dorr Dearborn, James Krieger, Megan Sandel, and Adam Spanie, Environmental Research, vol. 110, no. 2, February 2010, pp. 189–98. […]

Self-Control in the Chicken

“Can Domestic Fowl, Gallus gallus domesticus, Show Self-Control?” S.M. Abeyesinghe, C.J. Nicol, S.J. Hartnell, and C.M. Wathes, Animal Behaviour, vol. 70, no. 1, July 2005, pp. 1–11. The authors, at the Silsoe Research Institute in Bedford, U.K. and at the University of Bristol, report [AIR 16:1]: An important aspect of cognition is whether animals live […]

“Watching animals not have sex”

“I’ve spent a lot of my career watching animals not have sex.” —University of California Riverside biologist Marlene Zuk, quoted in the New York Times Magazine article “Can Animals be Gay?” NOTE: For reasons unclear (perhaps reflecting the persistent influence of puritanism?), the Times article does not mention Kees Moeliker’s Ig Nobel Prize-winning study “The […]