Monday, December 14, 2009

Flip a switch; become a dude!

Okay, so it's not exactly that simple; but researchers have found a gene that keeps females being...well, female. FOXL2, which was known to be involved with ovary growth, apparently keeps a woman's body from turning into a man. Switch off FOXL2, and ovaries will start turning into testes and testosterone-producing cells will develop. Just think what this says about the human gender binary, or future less invasive methods for people undergoing gender reassignment.

*obligatory SCIENCE IS COOL flailing*

Sorry, that's all the commentary you get, since my tonsils currently feel like they're turning into...uh...inflamed...spikey...polka-dotted sadness*. Which I guess is better than testicles? Check out the article for a more detailed explanation, or for the genetically-inclined, read the original paper here.

*My wit fails me when I don't feel well. I apologize.

7 comments:

  1. I can't wait to see the same thing done male to female! Hopefully it'll work the same way, as they've predicted.

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  2. There’re still many great differences to overcome to make a true and complete transition between sexes – for one thing, turning off FOXL2 may produce more testosterone, but it also renders one infertile – but it is a good start nonetheless. Small steps, small steps. (Even if they’re comparatively large.)

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  3. No, it's NOT better than testicles.

    *insert joke about deep throating here.*

    heh.

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  4. I guess it's somewhat better than testicles due to you don't have to worry about someone kicking you in the tonsils.

    LOL seems someone got mono. Someones been kissing, kissing, kissing!!

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  5. Never mind the fine print, where do I sign?!

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