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Genetic Differences in Men and Women

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Submitted by M H Nathan, MD (United States), Apr 4, 2005 at 01:17

Anatomical and physiological (genetic) differences are evident in male and female homo sapiens.

For one, the commissure (bundle of nerves) connecting right and left halves of the brain is larger in women and, because of this, women are thought to be able to utilize both brain hlves more easily. This is believed to explain why women recover more quickly and with less residual following strokes. Also, pet scanning has shown that problem solving is accomplished by areas of the brain in men entirely different from those in wome

Perhaps these difference explain the fact that women seem to be superior to men in languages and men seem superior to women in math anand sciences.

In any event, it was certainly appropriate for President Summers to raise the question of gender's effect on certain areas of knowledge and ability.

M. H. Nathan, MD

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