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Secrets of the Y Chromosome

Natalie Angier New York Times
It’s not just what makes males into males. The sex chromosome also influences health in hidden ways, some experts believe, and may even explain why men have shorter life spans.

Rethinking the Corny History of Maize

Brigit Katz Smithsonian Magazine
A new genetic study traces the movement of one of the world’s most vital crops from Mexico to South America
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