sarahkeenihan

Day 120. Limerick

In December 2012 on December 10, 2012 at 10:49 pm

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What does a screamingly tired science writer do in-between editing overdue articles?

Why, search for science limericks of course.

Here’s a favourite, relating to male aggression and sexual coercion of females in nonhuman primates and other mammals:

Smuts says if a male chimp is lusting,
But girl finds him dull or disgusting,
Then sexual coercion
Can overcome her aversion
And he’ll reach his goal, namely: thrusting.

It was written by Christina Bergy, and inspired by a scientific paper in her field of primatology.

Here’s my attempt at a science limerick in my PhD field (reproductive immunology, the study of how the immune system plays a role in determining reproductive success).

You wonder how on Earth it can know
In your uterus; who is friend and whom foe?
Sperm and bacteria overwhelm,
This mysterious realm,
Yet regardless, the fetus can grow.

Thank-you, and goodnight.

[image thanks to DOliphant on flickr]

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  1. tu es folle!

  2. yup! 🙂

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