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Tilting at Windmills

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March 17, 2005
By: Kevin Drum

WHAT DO MEN WANT?....Researchers have finished cataloging the genome of the X chromosome and have found a surprise: it contains 200-300 genes that are expressed up to twice as much as in a male or some other females:

All told, men and women may differ by as much as 2% of their entire genetic inheritance, greater than the hereditary gap between humankind and its closest relative the chimpanzee.

In other words, guys, your wives and girlfriends really are justified in thinking of you as practically a different species. Science marches on.

UPDATE: In other gender related semi-news, the Guardian reports today on the 2002 Ig Nobel Prize winning paper, "Right-left and the scrotum in Greek sculpture." As the article says, the paper's "investigation of scrotal asymmetry remains the definitive work on this topic." No doubt.

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