Episode 7: He’ll be the death of me!

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Lisl, Nick, Diego, and Trisha interview Dr. Travis Maures on how the presence of male worms can shorten the lifespan of neighboring worms. The hosts also discuss how science is presented in the media and a link between gut bacteria and autism.

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Male-Induced Demise

to the tune of Wrecking Ball by Miley Cyrus

Simple Round worms C. elegans
We are mostly hermaphrodites
We live in peace for twenty days
Lay three hundred eggs and die

Then you came around
The only male in town
My defense compromised
We mated briefly, then I aged rapidly
Male induced-demise

You came in with your pheromones
And I start to feel I’m getting old
I just want to mate and lay some eggs
All you ever did was age me
Yeah you, you age me

Does this occur in other worms
Travis Maures sought to understand
He looked into two other worms
And found it’s good to be a man

Don’t you ever say you’re not killing me
In ways you don’t realize
It’s evolution’s way for your genes to stay
Male induced demise

You came in with your pheromones
And suddenly I’m getting old
I just want to mate and lay some eggs
All you ever did was age me

You came in with your pheromones
Your presence makes me age and die
I just wanted twenty days of life
All you ever did was age me
Yeah you, you age me

I can tell a male’s been here before
Cause his scent makes me so slow and stiff
I knew that your sex tore me up
And now I know it wears me down
You think after I lay your eggs
It’s better if I’m not around
. . . I guess I’ll just go die now.

It’s evolution’s way for your genes to stay
Male induced demise

You came in with your pheromones
And suddenly I’m getting old
I just want to mate and lay some eggs
All you ever did was age me

You came in with your pheromones
Your presence makes me age and die
I just wanted twenty days of life
All you ever did was age me
Yeah you, you age me

Yeah you, you age me

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