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Author Bainbridge, David.
Title The X in sex : how the X chromosome controls our lives / David Bainbridge.
Imprint Cambridge, Mass. : Harvard University Press, 2003.

Author Bainbridge, David.
Subject X chromosome.
Genetic sex determination.
X Chromosome.
Sex Determination Processes.
Sex Differentiation.
Description 1 online resource (205 pages)
polychrome rdacc
Note digitized 2010 HathiTrust Digital Library committed to preserve pda
Bibliography Note Includes bibliographical references (pages 183-192) and index.
Summary 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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Reproduction Electronic reproduction. [S.l.] : HathiTrust Digital Library, 2010.
System Details Master and use copy. Digital master created according to Benchmark for Faithful Digital Reproductions of Monographs and Serials, Version 1. Digital Library Federation, December 2002. http://purl.oclc.org/DLF/benchrepro0212
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.
Note Print version record.
ISBN 9780674020412 (electronic bk.)
0674020413 (electronic bk.)
0674010280 (cloth)
9780674010284 (cloth)
OCLC # 451007081
Additional Format Print version: Bainbridge, David. X in sex. Cambridge, Mass. : Harvard University Press, 2003 0674010280 9780674010284 (DLC) 2002027367 (OCoLC)50251963


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