US Funds $880,000 Study of Snails

( – The National Science Foundation awarded a grant for $876,752  to the University of Iowa to study whether there is any benefit to sex among New  Zealand mud snails and whether that explains why any organism has sex.

The study, first funded in 2011 and continuing until 2015, will study the New  Zealand snails to see if it is better that they reproduce sexually or asexually – the snail can do both – hoping to gain insight on why so many organisms  practice sexual reproduction.

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