Tuesday, March 22, 2005

Sexist Scientists
Or at least, that's what the faculty of arts and sciences are Harvard would call the ones mentioned in this Weekly Standard piece: "An international team of 250 scientists, conducting research first reported last Thursday in the British journal Nature, has completed a full map of the X or 'female' chromosome which helps determine sex in human beings. The researchers found much greater genetic variation between the sexes than they had expected. All told, as the Los Angeles Times described the team's conclusions, 'men and women may differ by as much as 2 percent of their entire genetic inheritance, greater than the hereditary gap between humankind and its closest relative--the chimpanzee.' Huntington Willard of Duke University, one of the key researchers participating in this latest effort, told the Chicago Tribune that by now 'any of us over the age of two realizes there are plenty of differences between males and females that are characteristic of the two sexes.'
Alas, however, scientists have yet to discover an explanation for the inability of Harvard University faculty members to discuss this subject like grownups."

As I've said all along, I don't have broad hips, or female genitalia, and women don't have male genitalia. Isn't it just slightly possible that our brains have developed a little differently too?
(Apologies to the Weekly Standard for lifting such a large piece of text, but it's most powerful in full, I think.)

1 comment:

Rick B said...

I wonder if there is anything like that much difference genetically between male and female chimpanzees.

If not, what has led to the distinction in human beings - or is there a flaw in the study or the conclusions?