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(Outside Online)   DNA test proves that Indian gold medalist who won women's 400 meters at the Asian Games is, in fact, male; will now be charged with cheating, impersonation and...rape?   (outsideonline.com) divider line 3
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2012-11-12 09:47:39 PM
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MyEnamine: Determine if their karyotype has an XX or XY. What's the big deal?


that actually doesn't entire work. You can have someone that's XY but is outwardly and as far as physiological capabilities go entirely female.
2012-11-12 11:18:53 PM
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WhyteRaven74: MyEnamine: Determine if their karyotype has an XX or XY. What's the big deal?

that actually doesn't entire work. You can have someone that's XY but is outwardly and as far as physiological capabilities go entirely female.


Yup. Humans develop into females by default. We only develop into males when the gene SRY (Sex determining Region of the Y-chromosome) on the Y chromosome is expressed (which starts at about 40 days after conception). If it is not expressed due to mutation or some kind of repression of the gene, then that fetus will develop into a female despite carrying a Y chromosome.

And now back to your regularly schedule thread. ;)
2012-11-12 06:46:17 PM
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Yeah, with the complexities of real-world biology it doesn't make sense to insist on a sharp "male/female" distinction. Apart from the chromosome permutations there are things like androgen insensitivity and chimerism (some cells in your body having different genetics, or even different gender, from other ones). Even your mom has some Y chromosomes in her. Just give up and awards the medals to whoever does best at a particular sport.

/if you still insist that "male" and "female" are absolute concepts, I invite you to google "Buck Angel" from a non-work location
 
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