August 11, 2006

The Demise of the Y Chromosome

According to an article appearing on an ABC website in Australia, the Y chromosome is on the verge of demise. This prediction comes from Prof. Jenny Graves of the Australian National University at Canberra.

The Prof. says that men without a Y chromosome would be largely infertile; some would not be and still able to reproduce. By passing on this new gene, men would eventually evolve into a new hominid species.

Because there are only 45 genes remaining on the Y chromosome (we men apparently began with 1400), and is expected to disappear completely in 15 million years!

Men, store some genes now so your male descendants will have something to fall back on.

Read the entire article by clicking on the title link.

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