"In the end, males are uncertain little creatures and the way they are made is very different in mammals, birds, insects and worms," said Steve Jones, author of the book Y: The Descent of Man and professor of genetics at University College London.Not exactly comforting. But this "uncertain little creature" is far from down-hearted; after all, a world of females would not necessarily be a Bad Thing. I think ...
"In the long term we are all dead, and that is certainly going to be true for the Y chromosome, which is rather an arriviste on the evolutionary scene. It may take a long time, but I am pretty confident that the Y machine will, one day, be replaced by something else. Quite what that will be, you will have to ask me in a hundred million years."
23 February 2012
Good news for feminists?
The Y chromosome, which carries the traits of maleness, may be on the way out. The Guardian reports: