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The X in sex : how the X chromosome controls our lives

Author: David Bainbridge
Publisher: Cambridge, Mass. : Harvard University Press, 2003.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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A tiny scrap of genetic information determines our sex; it also consigns many of us to a life of disease, directs or disrupts the everyday working of our bodies, and forces women to live as genetic chimeras. The culprit--so necessary and yet the source of such upheaval--is the X chromosome, and this is its story. An enlightening and entertaining tour of the cultural and natural history of this intriguing member of  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Popular Works
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Bainbridge, David.
X in sex.
Cambridge, Mass. : Harvard University Press, 2003
(OCoLC)606825992
Online version:
Bainbridge, David.
X in sex.
Cambridge, Mass. : Harvard University Press, 2003
(OCoLC)607724540
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: David Bainbridge
ISBN: 0674010280 9780674010284 0674016211 9780674016217
OCLC Number: 50251963
Description: 205 pages ; 22 cm
Contents: 1. Making a Difference 3 --
Interlude: What Is It, Exactly? 63 --
2. The Duke of Kent's Testicles 69 --
Interlude: How Sexy Is X? 119 --
3. The Double Life of Women 127 --
Epilogue: The Chosen One 171.
Responsibility: David Bainbridge.
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A tiny scrap of genetic information determines our sex; it also consigns many of us to a life of disease, directs or disrupts the everyday working of our bodies, and forces women to live as genetic chimeras. The culprit--so necessary and yet the source of such upheaval--is the X chromosome, and this is its story. An enlightening and entertaining tour of the cultural and natural history of this intriguing member of the genome, The X in sex traces the journey toward our current understanding of the nature of X. From its chance discovery in the nineteenth century to the promise and implications of ongoing research, David Bainbridge shows how the X evolved and where it and its counterpart Y are going, how it helps assign developing human babies their sex--and maybe even their sexuality--and how it affects our lives in infinitely complex and subtle ways. X offers cures for disease, challenges our cultural, ethical, and scientific assumptions about maleness and femaleness, and has even reshaped our views of human evolution and human nature.

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The author of Making Babies takes a lively, witty tour of the X chromosome, creator of "a delicious symmetry between men and women"...Entertaining and informative...A fine demonstration of science Read more...

 
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