Science: More Virgin Sturgeons

The Soviet caviar industry has a persistent problem: too many sturgeons are males, which yield no caviar.† And despite years of effort, no one yet has discovered any way to alter this unproductive balance of nature. But Soviet Biologist Boris Astaurov, an authority on practical sex determination, is about ready to solve the problem, thus satisfying Soviet gourmets and pleasing Soviet authorities who prize the export earnings of caviar. (The gourmets and the authorities tend to be the same people.)

Dr. Astaurov has spent 30 years on his research. He began by working...

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