Jewish World Review April 6, 2005 / 26 Adar II, 5765

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Affirmative action for chimps? | An international team of 250 scientists just completed a full map of the X or "female" chromosome that determines gender. The researchers expressed general amazement at finding a much greater than expected genetic variation between human males and females  —  a discovery that suggests that nature, not nurture or sexism, is directly responsible for many if not most of gender-based norms.

Their new conclusions appeared in the prestigious British journal "Nature," and suggested that "men and women may differ by as much as 2 percent of their entire genetic inheritance, greater than the hereditary gap between humankind and its closest relative   —   the chimpanzee."

In light of this startling report, politically correct extremists should at least reconsider their demands for precise gender equity on athletic teams, police forces, ballet companies, pre-schools and science departments  —  or else they need to launch an ambitious new drive for affirmative action for chimpanzees.

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