While we’re on the subject of sex, dongs and the like, and while we’re giving the platform to one of the most lovely, smart, sassy and sexy evolutionary biologists ever to grace the planet (and may I have the luck to have a drink with her some day…), let’s continue to quote her and link to her, shall we?

This is an article entitled “A Commitment Pill?” from The Wild Side blog from the NYT on Sept. 16, 2008. We have to wait until summer or fall for more recent stuff from Olivia because she’s out bonk… er, on sabbatical? Well, gone somewhere, doing something.

And I quote:

A couple of weeks ago, the arginine vasopressin receptor 1a gene sprang into notoriety: in a just-published study of Swedish couples, variation in this gene was found to be associated with difficulties, for men, in maintaining long-term monogamous relationships. Which suggests the following mischievous thought: could such restlessness be cured one day?



One Response to “Rodents”

  • Stephan Stephan:

    Seems pretty obvious to me that nature is trying with all possible means to keep us going. Does monogamy necessarily produce more successful survival quotas? Evolution seems to tell us that organisms with brains and the possibility of self-reflection have good chances to stick around for a while. For chances of survival to increase you need quantity and variety. To exercise power, domination and suppression you need monogamy.

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