Science!: Monkeys, Robots and Ovaries

Science!: Monkeys, Robots and Ovaries

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That FoxL2 gene sounds pretty damn important--it keeps your cute! Go FoxL2!

Haha the ladies have the FoxL2, so that's why they're foxy. Guys get the Sox gene, and that's why we're perpetually found with only socks on at the most awkward/intimate of times.

Horrible puns aside, if sharks are replaced by cake, then you have soggy cake and extremely chaotic birthday parties. And the concept of Monkey Syntax is one I'm adding into my 'How to predict the traits of a species' thesis.

Gee, now the feminists are going to start accusing males of inventing this gene (somehow) and hating us for another thing. *le sigh* I can hear it now "I told you being a woman is a constant battle against the male oppressors! Down with the male establishment! We are free!" and whatever else they say. I dunno I live in a very passive-aggressive town.

Fascinating, as always. Thanks! : )

SharedProphet:
Fascinating, as always. Thanks! : )

Agreed.

I liked the fear article...Not something I ever thought of, but, gave me something to chew on for sure

I've learnt how to speak monkey and ovaries!

That whole sex thing makes me think of some transexual activists, who want there to be one or more genres 'in between' male and female. I wonder if the discovery that there are NO genres at all is a victory or a loss for them.

I also wonder if the procedure can be done the other way, that is, a men's testicles can start working as ovaries. The day it happens, everyone will feel a great disturbance, as if a thousand men who know about 4chan but don't go there cried out and were suddenly silenced.

The thing with the monkeys is just freakin' scary. How long until they develop written language?

Self-replicating nanobots... the basis of so many science gone wrong stories. I honestly would not want an early model robot operating on me. Imagine what would happen if there was a glitch... eggghhh. On the top of gender and genes... 0.o. Interesting. I never knew gender is that fragile.

Man, that last one is crazy. I can totally see that being used in sci-fi now to explain gender-shifting. Reminds me of Rumble Girls, where young children are genetically modified to let them swap sex at any time, so that they "have the benefits of both sexes" growing up.

I don't want to speak monkey. I want to speak cat.

Ahhh another entry of my favorite feature on the Escapist.

Well done again! :D

Kollega:
I don't want to speak monkey. I want to speak cat.

This.

That aside, enjoyable as always.

Very interesting topics. Especially the one about the monkeys and the genes.

This article suggests the dream of monthly gender changes is closer than ever. Huzzah!

wow how long until we get brain 'enhancing' nanomachines that make us walk on fixed paths and completely ignore the old guy smelling of piss, smoke and death to sheak up behind us and snap our fragile necks.

OK... Genes... I've known for a long time that the whole 'being male' thing is activated by just a single gene on the Y chromosome, but this shows the reverse, in essence.

So let me get this straight:

The Sox9 gene essentially does most of the work of turning you into a male...
The FoxL2 gene, stops the Sox9 gene from working...

Meaning, the Y chromosome contains something that inhibits FoxL2?

Eh... That's probably over-simplifying matters.

Lord_Ascendant:
Gee, now the feminists are going to start accusing males of inventing this gene (somehow) and hating us for another thing. *le sigh* I can hear it now "I told you being a woman is a constant battle against the male oppressors! Down with the male establishment! We are free!" and whatever else they say. I dunno I live in a very passive-aggressive town.

Passive? Since when are feminists granted the term 'passive'? Note, they're like that everywhere.

On topic, according to feminism and gays, there's no difference between the sexes already. That gene has nothing to do with it, or if anything would be considered limiting and on the shortlist for removal.

The bio-nanobots are interesting..

I've been fascinated by cybernetic augmentations ever since.. Before memory anyway. It seemed a better idea than anything else. Why make better space suits when you could be modified to be immune to a vacuum? Or grant people higher strength, better reflexes, external memory modules, etc. Think of the Matrix line ""Can you fly a helicopter?" "Not yet" *downloads software*".

If you augmented with bio-nanobots, then you could theoretically mod yourself on the fly to do different things. Use them to enhance muscles for strength purposes, then change them to augment brain signals allowing you to act faster. Better than a single, permanent mod.

Snork Maiden:
This article suggests the dream of monthly gender changes is closer than ever. Huzzah!

...

Yea, this is the part where I become a true nerd and never leave my house again.

The Random One:
I've learnt how to speak monkey and ovaries!

That whole sex thing makes me think of some transexual activists, who want there to be one or more genres 'in between' male and female. I wonder if the discovery that there are NO genres at all is a victory or a loss for them.

I also wonder if the procedure can be done the other way, that is, a men's testicles can start working as ovaries. The day it happens, everyone will feel a great disturbance, as if a thousand men who know about 4chan but don't go there cried out and were suddenly silenced.

The thing with the monkeys is just freakin' scary. How long until they develop written language?

Doubt testicles could become ovaries.. That would require some serious change and a lot longer timeframe than you have to live.

Yea.. Monkeys have been like that for years. =P They've been 'demi-human' for as long as our records exist, never once have they had a written language or communicated in complex terms. Here's betting that if they ever do, it'll be from genetic modification.

 

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