Taxpayers, you, are on the hook for $880k so researchers can study snail sex.
And here's the best part: "The broader aim of the study is to find out why sexual reproduction and males exist, arguing that sex is biologically inefficient for females. Because an asexual organism can simply clone itself faster than it can reproduce if it finds a mate, the study seeks to see if there are other benefits to sexual reproduction that outweigh this ‘cost’ of finding a mate."
Umm...how about it's enjoyable? Maybe that has something to do with it?
"Despite this and other costs, nearly all organisms reproduce sexually at least some of the time. This means that sex must be associated with profound advantages..."
Yes. See reason given above.
But what they're really asking is why men are even necessary. If some organisms can reproduce both asexually and sexually (without or with a partner), then why would women ever even need a man around?