X and Y, A Wild Pair

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Science  01 Aug 2003:
Vol. 301, Issue 5633, pp. 599-600
DOI: 10.1126/science.1086520

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The X in Sex How the X Chromosome Controls Our Lives. by David Bainbridge. Harvard University Press, Cambridge, MA, 2003. 215 pp. $22.95, £15.50. ISBN 0-674-01028-0.

Y The Descent of Men. by Steve Jones. Houghton Mifflin, New York, 2003. 272 pp. $25. ISBN 0-618-13930-3. Little, Brown, London, 2002. 288 pp. £14.99. ISBN 0-316-85615-0.

Writing for a popular audience, both authors use the sex chromosomes as a framework for exploring the nature, development, and evolution of sexual differences in humans. Jones takes Darwin's Descent of Man as a template for his far-ranging discussions of maleness. Bainbridge tends to stay more focused on findings from recent genomic studies of the X chromosome.

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