Sex Itself: The Search for Male and Female in the Human Genome

Sex Itself: The Search for Male and Female in the Human Genome

Sarah S. Richardson


Human genomes are 99.9 percentage identical—with one popular exception. rather than an identical pair of X chromosomes, males hold a unmarried X, coupled with a tiny chromosome known as the Y. Tracking the emergence of a brand new and particular mind set approximately intercourse represented through the unalterable, easy, and visually compelling binary of the X and Y chromosomes, Sex Itself examines the interplay among cultural gender norms and genetic theories of intercourse from the start of the 20th century to the current, postgenomic age.
           
Using equipment from historical past, philosophy, and gender stories of technological know-how, Sarah S. Richardson uncovers how gender has helped to form the learn practices, questions requested, theories and versions, and descriptive language utilized in intercourse chromosome study. From the earliest theories of chromosomal intercourse decision, to the mid-century speculation of the competitive XYY supermale, to the talk approximately Y chromosome degeneration, to the new declare that female and male genomes are extra assorted than these of people and chimpanzees, Richardson indicates how cultural gender conceptions effect the genetic technological know-how of sex. 
           
Richardson exhibits how sexual technological know-how of the prior maintains to resonate, in methods either sophisticated and specific, in modern examine at the genetics of intercourse and gender. With the of completion of the Human Genome venture, genes and chromosomes are relocating to the guts of the biology of intercourse. Sex Itself bargains a compelling argument for the significance of ongoing severe discussion on how cultural conceptions of gender function in the technology of sex.

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