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  •  Great job explaining biology accurately (9+ / 0-)

    As a molecular biology graduate student, and a member/editor of the SciTech and Science Matters groups, I have to always defend against inaccurate statements of science (especially in the field of biology, since that is what I know most).

    However, no such defense is needed here - your diary is not only accurate, but understandable for the community at large.  Being able to communicate complex biology systems and mechanisms to the general public is something scientists struggle with all the time, but obviously not you!

    When you think about how hormones affect gene expression, it makes sense biologically/genetically that sex characteristics and identity would be a spectrum rather than binary.  In fact, many hormones and other gene products function biologically as morphogens, which means they render completely different biological outcomes when present at different localized concentrations.  The pieces of the sex and identity puzzle fit together nicely when you think of morphogens.  (Also, I don't know for sure whether SRY, testosterone, etc. indeed functions as morphogens - I'm not familiar enough with the literature in sexual development, even though I am a dev. bio student.  But it sure sounds like it could be correct).

    My way of thinking on sex, identity, and gender was really first challenged after taking a course my last semester senior year at Rutgers entitled "Sport and Sexuality: The intersections of sport, sex, race, and power".  It was the most powerful and impacting class I took at Rutgers.

    "Give me a lever long enough... and I shall move the world." - Archimedes

    by mconvente on Tue Apr 19, 2011 at 05:59:23 AM PDT

    •  Thanks! (2+ / 0-)
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      I'd love to hear more about morphogens - I'll be taking a look at your link, but maybe you could expand it in a diary?

      •  Hopefully I'll have some time (2+ / 0-)
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        I'm right in the middle of crunch time for my qualifying exam for grad school, but maybe I can take a little bit of time and write a quick diary on morphogens.  Though unless I can find some references that support the notion that SRY, testosterone, etc. do act as morphogens, it won't really relate back to this "Sex and Science" concept.  Still neat, nonetheless.

        "Give me a lever long enough... and I shall move the world." - Archimedes

        by mconvente on Tue Apr 19, 2011 at 01:45:44 PM PDT

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        •  We can be patient. Sounds worth waiting for. (3+ / 0-)
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          I'd also really like to hear about that course you found so compelling: "Sport and Sexuality: The intersections of sport, sex, race, and power".

          So much good thinking and good feeling in the diary and the comments (so far, knock wood). I thank all of you.

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