The upside of prudery:
Scientists believe it may be possible to combat malaria by interfering with the sex lives of the mosquitoes which spread the disease.
They have shown that the insects can only mate successfully if the male is able to seal his sperm inside the female using a “mating plug”.
Without the plug, fertilisation cannot occur, and the animals cannot reproduce.
There is a lot in the BBC article about plugs. I haven’t yet decided if that is disquieting. Continue reading