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What’s the difference?

Arianne Shahvisi: Sex in the Brain, 8 September 2022

The Gendered Brain: The New Neuroscience That Shatters the Myth of the Female Brain 
by Gina Rippon.
Vintage, 424 pp., £9.99, September 2020, 978 1 78470 681 4
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The Better Half: On the Genetic Superiority of Women 
by Sharon Moalem.
Penguin, 274 pp., £9.99, March 2021, 978 0 241 39689 6
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... to sex.Sex chromosomes​ are life-shaping, but not in the ways one might assume. The geneticist Sharon Moalem, in The Better Half, argues that what matters is whether or not your parents pass on to you the genetic equivalent of belt and braces. ‘Females’ are homogametic: they have two X chromosomes, one from each parent. ‘Males’ are ...

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