Re: Differences - was Re: >H gender apartheid and transhumanists

Patrick Wilken (
Fri, 20 Nov 1998 13:10:52 +1100

>For example, height. Males are on average
>slightly taller than females. But if I were to tell you
>"You will shortly meet two people. One is a native Thai adult male,
>raised in Thailand. The other is a native Masai woman, raised in East
>Africa". >You would lose money (on average) betting that the male will be
>taller. Other
>factors swamp the gender bias.

Interestingly it has been recently shown that 70% of the variation in height is accounted for by ONE gene held on the X chromosome. Which explains why XXX or XXY people are taller than average.

Sorry for the vagueness of the above: this is from memory from a report I read in New Scientist a few weeks ago. If someone has better details please post them, obviously its was a great surprise to find that one gene accounted for so much variation.

best, patrick

Patrick Wilken          
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