mixing blue and pink smoke, symbolic of the muddled boundaries between sexes
Opinion: Biological Science Rejects the Sex Binary, and That’s Good for Humanity
Evidence from various sciences reveals that there are diverse ways of being male, female, or both. An anthropologist argues that embracing these truths will help humans flourish.
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Opinion: Biological Science Rejects the Sex Binary, and That’s Good for Humanity
Opinion: Biological Science Rejects the Sex Binary, and That’s Good for Humanity

Evidence from various sciences reveals that there are diverse ways of being male, female, or both. An anthropologist argues that embracing these truths will help humans flourish.

Evidence from various sciences reveals that there are diverse ways of being male, female, or both. An anthropologist argues that embracing these truths will help humans flourish.

ABOVE: © ISTOCK.COM, brightstars

Sex chromosomes

Infographic: How Some X-Chromosome Genes Escape Inactivation
Amber Dance | Mar 1, 2020
About one-quarter of the hundreds of genes on the inactivated X chromosome in XX cells manage to escape that silencing, at least some of the time.
Genes that Escape Silencing on the Second X Chromosome May Drive Disease
Amber Dance | Mar 1, 2020
When X-linked genes evade silencing on the “inactive” chromosome in XX cells, some protect women from diseases such as cancer, but others seem to promote conditions such as autoimmunity.
Unbalanced Chromosomal Inheritance More Common than Thought
Jef Akst | Oct 11, 2019
A genomic analysis from 23andMe suggests that people inherit two copies of a chromosome from only one parent nearly twice as often as researchers had realized.
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How Chromosomes X and Y Got Their Names, 1891
Joseph Keierleber | Mar 1, 2019
A quirk of nomenclature originates in the study of insect cells.
Fruit Fly Geneticist Bruce Baker Dies
Diana Kwon | Jul 30, 2018
The Stanford University professor was known for his work on sex determination and courtship in flies.
Why, Oh Y?
Jef Akst | Jan 1, 2015
A toothpick and a bit of chance shaped David Page’s career, which he has dedicated to understanding the mammalian Y chromosome and fetal germ cell development.