From Jef Akst at the Scientist:
Researchers uncover thousands of genes whose activity varies between men and women.
Drawing on data on organ-, tissue-, and individual-specific gene expression from the Genotype-Tissue Expression (GTex) Portal, Shmuel Pietrokovski and Moran Gershoni of the Weizmann Institute of Science in Israel developed a comprehensive map of genes that are differentially expressed in men and women.
To explore whether other genes expressed differentially between the sexes might be similarly subject to mutation accumulation, Pietrokovski and Gershoni examined some 20,000 protein-coding genes, of which around 6,500 were expressed more in one sex than the other somewhere in the body. And sure enough, selection was effectively weaker in these genes, leading to the pile up of deleterious mutations. “The more a gene was specific to one sex, the less selection we saw on the gene,” Gershoni told the institute’s news publication, Weizmann Wonder Wander, this week (May 3).More.
But are we still allowed to even know this? Is “sex” an allowed concept now?
Traditional science is just so out of touch. First, let’s get rid of objectivity, in case hard data offends anyone.
Avoiding offending someone or other is way more important than information that might be useful in, for example, treating diseases.
See also: The war on freedom is rotting our intellectual life In a world governed by naturalism, power is its own justification. That is the single hardest thing for opponents of rampant political correctness to grasp.
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One Reply to “Difference in human gene expression by sex by 6500 genes?”
Exactly right. This type of science might offend some people who think there really are few differences between the sexes. It is not politically correct science and therefore should not be funded or even published!
We should write letters complaining about their politically incorrect and potentially offensive article that they chose to publish. And, if they don’t retract it, we should boycott them and attack them publicly until they have to retract it.
Shame on them for publishing such junk! They really ought to know better. If the data doesn’t fit the political landscape, just bury it for goodness sakes! NEVER publish it!