The book sex itself the search for male and female in the human genome sarah s richardson is published by university of chicago press. Buy sex itself the search for male and female in the human genome on amazoncom free shipping on qualified orders. Sex itself1 with knowledge of the genes animating sex differences re searchers hope to aid medical understanding of sex specifi c diseases and uncover the foundations of male female differences in cognition intel ligence and behavior some suggest that we will at last discover what it means to be a male or a female. Sarah s richardson is john l loeb associate professor of the social sciences at harvard university jointly appointed in the department of the history of science and the committee on degrees in studies of women gender and sexuality she is the author of sex itself the search for male and female in the human genome. Abstract tracking the emergence of a new and distinctive way of thinking about sex represented by the unalterable simple and visually compelling binary of the x and y chromosomes sex itself examines the interaction between cultural gender norms and genetic theories of sex from the beginning of the twentieth century to the present postgenomic age
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