"Men may not become extinct after all, according to a new study.
Previous research has suggested the Y sex chromosome, which only men carry, is decaying genetically so fast that it will be extinct in five million years' time.
A gene within the chromosome is the switch which leads to testes development and the secretion of male hormones.
But a new US study in Nature suggests the genetic decay has all but ended."
Well, I see this is as both good news and bad news.
: - )
Ya-can't-live-with- 'em- but-ya-can't-live-without-'em kind of thing.
So while I know I'll sleep better at night knowing that the likelihood of men vanishing in 5 million years may no longer be a real threat, it made me think - not for the first time - honestly, at this rate, we're not going to have to wait 5 million years for men to be destroyed. We're doing a pretty adequate job of it right now. How many boys now have autism, ADHD, other developmental issues? In autism, the going rate is boys to girls = 4:1, but I'd guess the actual statistic is much higher. In ADHD, it's 3:1. How many overweight children will grow up into obese adults, who die early of diabetes and heart disease? And obesity in children has that same 3:1 ratio, boys to girls.
If we don't do something now to clean up our food and our environment, we won't have to wait a few million years to find out whether or not boys will become extinct. And as much as I can't understand why they will walk around a laundry basket planted in the middle of the stairs, rather than pick it up - I'd prefer to keep them around for awhile.