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Komodo Dragons: Immaculate Conception pt. 2

Another fascinating case of Parthenogenesis. Parthenogenesis in Komodos is thought to have evolved in response to their remote environment, where mates may not always be accessible, rather than due to captivity, like sharks. The offspring, do derive all their genetic material from their mother but unlike other animals, rather than being strictly clones, half of the […]

Sharks: Immaculate Conception

By far, the biggest on the list Parthenogenesis has been known to occur in several species of shark, including blacktip, zebra, carpet, white-spotted bamboo, bonehead, and even some kinds of hammerhead sharks. The phenomenon has primarily been observed in captivity when females have been isolated from males. Under these circumstances, some females have the ability to switch […]

Parthenogenesis: Everyday Immaculate Conception

In deference to all those who will be spending Valentine’s Day very much alone… What follows is a series of post of animals who are doing just fine, all on their own. But first, to make it easier, let’s define some terms.  Parthenogenesis, from the Greek meaning “virgin birth” is an odd quirk of embryonic […]

The Fascinating History of Erectile Dysfunction: “Cures and Treatments” Pt 2

….Continued From the 13th to the end of the 17th century, particularly among the upper classes, impotence was one of the only grounds for divorce. In fact, in canonical (ecclesiastical) law, it was considered a deadly sin for an impotent man to marry, although there was nothing actually preventing him from doing so. The only means […]

The Fascinating History of Erectile Dysfunction: “Cures and Treatments”

Flaccid dick, through the ages   Around 1600 BC, the Egyptians believed that impotence was the result of a natural disorder or an evil spell. One of their remedies used to ward off the ED curse was grinding up baby crocodile hearts mixed with wood oil to rub on the penis.   Another of the Ancient […]

Borderline personality disorder (BPD)

Borderline personality disorder (BPD), also known as emotionally unstable personality disorder, is a long-term pattern of abnormal behavior characterized by unstable relationships with other people, unstable sense of self, and unstable emotions. Many diagnosed with this disorder experience an extreme fear of abandonment and a feeling of emptiness, which can result in frequent dangerous behavior and self-harm. Symptoms (such as splitting) may be […]

Kuru: The Cannibal’s Disease

Kuru is an incurable degenerative neurological disorder endemic to tribal regions of Papua New Guinea. It is a type of transmissible “spongiform encephalopathy”, caused by the consumption of a prion found in humans. Kuru causes brain and nervous system changes similar to Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease. Similar diseases appear in cows as bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE), or […]