Tuesday, September 06, 2005

What's In A "Y"?

Apparently, there is some contention about whether or not the "Y" chromosome (the one that is found to determine sex in humans - its presence is supposed to indicate a "male" genome) will survive our evolutionary process. The article quotes a geneticist in Australia : "The Y chromosome has already disappeared in some other animals and "there's no reason to expect it can't happen to humans," she said. If it happened in people, some other chromosome would probably take over the sex-determining role of the Y, she said." It's entirely wishful thinking (and determinist to boot), but let's hope that if it does disappear, some of the, um, less productive traits associated with masculinity go with it.

posted by ryan griffis  # 5:11 PM

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