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