So we have tax payer dollars to waste on things like $385,000 studying duck penis size. Now it seems we have about $880,000 to waste on studying the sex pattern of New Zealand sand snails. That’s over $1.1 million dollars that could have kept the people’s house open for kids tours that were planned months, if not years in advance. Add this to that $800 billion Obama threw around to Palestine, Jordan, and for Gitmo ‘improvements’ and you see why this country is broke.
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.
“Sexual reproduction is more costly than asexual reproduction, yet nearly all organisms reproduce sexually at least some of the time. Why is sexual reproduction so common despite its costs,” the study’s abstract asks.