Thursday, 10 February 2011

Conference What is sex for? in Prince Felipe Science Museum Valencia

For most people the purpose of sex is obvious: sex is for reproduction… and is also very pleasurable. However, for scientists, the existence of sexes is a mystery, a brainteaser that is still to be resolved.
We know that the first life forms reproduced asexually (as do most microorganisms, many plants and some animals). Compared to asexual reproduction sex is tremendously inefficient and is a waste of time and energy. However, and in spite of that, most animals, including humans, reproduce sexually.
Why does sex exist? What caused it? What are the advantages and disadvantages of it? Biologists have been researching these questions for years. The biologist Ester Desfilis, professor at the Complutense University of Madrid, talks about the different theories that aim to answer these questions.

Localitation: Santiago Grisolía Auditorium. Prince Felipe Science Museum.
Date: 17 February 2011
19:00: Start of accreditation of activities attendees.
19:30: Conference in the auditorium.
20:30: Conference end and commencement of the chat.
21:00: Activity end.
Access: Access to the activity will be through the west Gate on Calle Menor in the Museum (next to the Hemisfèric).

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