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The future is female - The male species is doomed, says Bryan Sykes, professor of human genetics at Oxford University. And a woman-only world is possible

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Sky Wrote the following on 12/17/2004 10:10 AM :
I'm familiar with this research. This article is a very bad misrepresentation of it.

"The accusing finger points at the only piece of DNA which men possess and women do not: the Y-chromosome. Ironically, although the Y-chromosome has become synonymous with male aggression, it is intrinsically unstable. Far from being vigorous and robust, this ultimate genetic symbol of male machismo is decaying at such an alarming rate that, for humans at least, the GM experiment will soon be over. Adam, it seems, is cursed. Like many species before us that have lost their males, we run the real risk of extinction."

It is true that the number of gene on the Y chromosome have been declining over the last 300,000 years. But, they Y chromosome is an amazement. It has adapted by making a reverse copy of itself. It can then use the original and the copy to correct for the loss of the genes and continue to express the phenotypes dictated by them. The Y chromosome is the only one capable of doing this. The others don't need the capability since there is always another copy to begin with. Some geneticists also believe that most of the lost genes were lost because they may have been reminents that serve no purpose in defining male charactersistics. By the way, if the Y chomosome is lost, then ]our species is doomed. We must have males. The notion of genetically engineering a all-female race of Amazons may be intriguing, but that race would not long survive.

I'd sure like to know who "edited" this. It is rife with feminist bias, as evidenced by the statement "the Y-chromosome has become synonymous with male aggression." This is untrue. There's no scientific evidence to support this statement. Moreover, it has been shown that as women have entered into the workplace, they have been becoming increasingly aggressive. This is true even when men are out of the picture.


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