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June 4, 2005 | Rosie Mestel, Times Staff Writer
A single genetic change can make female fruit flies act like amorous males -- lusting after other females and wooing them with the species' elaborate courtship display, according to a report in the current issue of the journal Cell. Geneticist Barry Dickson and graduate student Ebru Demir made a small change to a gene dubbed fruitless, which got its name because males with a damaged version ignore females and sometimes try to mate with other males.
May 22, 2005 | From Reuters
Defying a ban on men and women running together in the eastern Pakistani city of Lahore, about 300 people of both sexes took part in a road race Saturday that was more about politics than athletics. A week earlier, baton-wielding police beat runners and arrested dozens almost as soon as they crossed the starting line. But Saturday, riot police armed with tear gas were deployed to protect the race participants against Islamist hard-liners.
May 21, 2005 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Scientists at the National Zoo in Washington said Tuesday that they had been able to determine a baby porcupine's gender from the DNA in its quills. Because a porcupine's sexual organs are internal, it can take as long as six weeks before the gender is known. The new test did the trick in about a week, zoo officials said. DNA was extracted from small tissue samples taken from the follicle of quills stuck to a handler's glove. It was then amplified and analyzed. The young porcupine was a female.
May 19, 2005 | Thomas H. Maugh II, Times Staff Writer
A widely used screening technique for colon cancer, sigmoidoscopy, misses two-thirds of potential tumors in women, twice as many as it does in men, according to the first large study to compare use of the technique in the sexes. Michigan researchers reported in today's New England Journal of Medicine that precancerous polyps in women generally occur much higher up in the intestines, out of reach of sigmoidoscopes.
April 8, 2005 | From Reuters
Men spend more money on video games than they do on all forms of music, research group Nielsen Entertainment said Thursday, lending credence to a growing belief that video games are displacing other forms of media for the attention of young men. Video gaming in general is beginning to attract an older audience, with nearly a quarter of all gamers older than 40, the agency also said.
March 24, 2005 | Mimi Avins, Times Staff Writer
Whenever a couple of curious kids play a behind-the-woodshed game of doctor, they discover that male and female bodies are different. Later, they learn that nature designed masculine and feminine organs for particular functions, although the specifics can be confusing even for adults. Roseanne Barr says husbands think a uterus is a tracking device. Why else would they ask their wives to locate a milk carton hiding in plain sight in the refrigerator?
October 26, 2004 | Joel Rubin, Times Staff Writer
For months, Helena Rutkowski, Judy Ahrens and Blossie Marquez stood together. At meeting after meeting, the three Westminster School District trustees sat stone-faced and unmoved as they endured a seemingly endless barrage of anger hurled by parents and teachers infuriated over their stance against a state antidiscrimination law.
October 23, 2004 | Mark Z. Barabak, Times Staff Writer
Four years ago, Susan O'Hare backed Al Gore for president. Still, she was grateful George W. Bush was in charge on Sept. 11, 2001. "I felt very safe with Bush for many months after 9/11," said the 49-year-old paralegal. Slowly, however, O'Hare soured on the incumbent, as Iraq spiraled into chaos. Now, she plans to vote for Sen. John F. Kerry on Nov. 2, even though she thinks he is making a lot of promises he probably can't keep.
October 12, 2004 | Joel Rubin, Times Staff Writer
The rebellious trustees of the Westminster School District appeared to end their confrontation with state officials and parents last April when they reluctantly agreed to adopt the wording of a state antidiscrimination law meant to protect transsexuals and others. Unwilling to let it lie, however, trustees and a conservative legal group announced plans last month to sue the state.
September 3, 2004 | Joel Rubin, Times Staff Writer
Months after narrowly avoiding severe financial sanctions because of its controversial stand against a state anti-discrimination regulation, the Westminster School District resumed the fight Thursday, voting to sue the state Department of Education.
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