From Scientific American

More change came in 2001, when a landmark Institute of Medicine (IOM) report emphasized the important role that “sex” played in the basic biology that underpins health care. It concluded that “every cell has a
sex.”

Plays merry hell with some of the trans claims, doesn’t it?

7 thoughts on “From Scientific American”

  1. Science is only useful insofaras it furthers the narrative and provides jobs for the politically correct.

  2. Okay, so I actually learned something today.

    I was under the impression that most of the body cells reproduced asexually by cell division, but apparently that ain’t always the case and there is also an intermediate stage which roughly equates to sex. It’s a bit of a stretch, but I kinda get what the original article is saying.

    There are two types of cell division: mitosis and meiosis. Most of the time when people refer to “cell division,” they mean mitosis, the process of making new body cells. Meiosis is the type of cell division that creates egg and sperm cells.

    Mitosis is a fundamental process for life. During mitosis, a cell duplicates all of its contents, including its chromosomes, and splits to form two identical daughter cells. Because this process is so critical, the steps of mitosis are carefully controlled by certain genes. When mitosis is not regulated correctly, health problems such as cancer can result.

    The other type of cell division, meiosis, ensures that humans have the same number of chromosomes in each generation. It is a two-step process that reduces the chromosome number by half—from 46 to 23—to form sperm and egg cells. When the sperm and egg cells unite at conception, each contributes 23 chromosomes so the resulting embryo will have the usual 46. Meiosis also allows genetic variation through a process of gene shuffling while the cells are dividing.

  3. @JG
    Meiosis is how reproductive cells (sperm and ova) are created, AFAIK no other bodily cell types undergo this process. I haven’t read the article, as it’s in SciAm (to which I no longer have a subscription), and is therefore almost certainly either wrong or extremely woke.

  4. @JG
    Meiosis is how reproductive cells (sperm and ova) are created, AFAIK no other bodily cell types undergo this process.

    Ah. Now that makes perfect sense. I vaguely recollect that from my Human Biology O-Level back in the 80’s. Thanks for that one @Chris

    I haven’t read the article, as it’s in SciAm (to which I no longer have a subscription), and is therefore almost certainly either wrong or extremely woke.

    Given the state of political biology nowadays, I suspect it’s both wrong AND woke.

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