Sunday, March 20, 2005

Y Are Men and Women Different?

There's been a lot of talk lately about the difference between men and women. Like that's a brand new topic! Anyway, Maureen Dowd chimes in. Read this one just for fun.
Men are always telling me not to generalize about them. But a startling new study shows that science is backing me up here.

Research published last week in the journal Nature reveals that women are genetically more complex than scientists ever imagined, while men remain the simple creatures they appear.

"Alas," said one of the authors of the study, the Duke University genome expert Huntington Willard, "genetically speaking, if you've met one man, you've met them all. We are, I hate to say it, predictable. You can't say that about women. Men and women are farther apart than we ever knew. It's not Mars or Venus. It's Mars or Venus, Pluto, Jupiter and who knows what other planets

That explains it! I've always thought women were kinda spacey.
As the Times science reporter Nicholas Wade, who is writing a book about human evolution and genetics, explained it to me: "Women are mosaics, one could even say chimeras, in the sense that they are made up of two different kinds of cell. Whereas men are pure and uncomplicated, being made of just a single kind of cell throughout."

We're single cell creatures? That's kinda rough, ain't it?
Dr. Page drolly conjures up a picture of the Y chromosome as "a slovenly beast," sitting in his favorite armchair, surrounded by the litter of old fast food takeout boxes.

Now that's more like it! I guess I don't understand the problem.

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