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What can animals teach us about sex?
B. Natterson-Horowitz, MDB. Natterson-Horowitz, MDHD, subtitles, Q&ATranscript44m
The world of dating, sex and childbirth is a hazardous one, full of complex behaviours and even threats to our health. Well, mating in the animal kingdom is just as complex. What can we learn by looking at our animal cousins?
Navigating the world of dating, sex and childbirth is a hazardous journey, full of complex behaviours and rituals, and even threats to our health. Well, mating in the animal world is just as complex, and has more similarities than you might think. What can we learn about human sex and reproduction by understanding how things work for our animal cousins?

B. Natterson-Horowitz's fascinating work at Harvard University and UCLA uses insight from the natural world to find new ways of approaching human health and development.

Studying a diverse range of animals in natural settings, B has uncovered adaptations with relevance to heart failure, sudden cardiac death, seizures, dementia, movement disorders, infertility and psychiatric conditions including anxiety, compulsive and eating disorders.

B joins us in The Garden to uncover the many ways in which the behaviours and health issues raised by sex and reproduction in humans can be illuminated by observing the animal kingdom.

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Lessons from the Animal Kingdom

Humans aren’t the only species to suffer from mental health problems, heart disease, infertility or cancer. B. Natterson-Horowitz, MD, takes us on a journey into the animal world in search of clues to help us understand our own health and behaviour.

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Humans generally settle down into relationship and sex often gets less of a thing for a variety of reasons - is this something that happens in animals?
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How have pandas evolved to be apparently so uninterested in mating?
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