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The Better Half: On the Genetic Superiority of Women

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An award-winning physician and scientist makes the game-changing case that genetic females are stronger than males at every stage of life

Here are some facts: Women live longer than men. They have stronger immune systems. They're better at fighting cancer and surviving famine, and even see the world in a wider variety of colors. They are simply stronger than men at every
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Hardcover, 288 pages
Expected publication: April 7th 2020 by Farrar, Straus and Giroux
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Martha
Dec 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I received an advance copy to review and I have to say that as a woman, I was actually surprised at the number of things I learned from this book that I was never taught in school. I really hadn't understood that women benefit from having two X chromosomes over their whole lives, strengthening their immune systems and even helping them fight some kinds of cancer more effectively than males. I loved how the author explained that two X chromosomes gives females more genetic 'options' to choose ...more
Camille Pum
Jan 21, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I won this book in the giveaway! Sharon Moalem presents a good deal of statistical and factual proof to back their claims and easily kept my interest. Awesome read!
Erika Kraus
Jan 17, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I won this book in the giveaway! Sharon Moalem has done their reserch for this book based on science, genetics and the wonderful ways women are successful. A must-read!
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Jan 13, 2020 rated it really liked it
I won and advanced copy of this book on Goodreads. A fascinating and intriguing read. I always felt too that women genetically seem a lot more heartier and stronger. Not meaning physically but being able to ward off certain diseases and overall seem healthier and recover quicker. After all, we all know women live longer than men in general. A very interesting topic that blends medicine, science and a lot of examples throughout history.
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Genetics are fascinating to me, so I really enjoyed this book with all the different stories.
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Sharon Moalem, MD, PhD, is an award-winning physician-scientist and geneticist. He is the author of the New York Times bestseller Survival of the Sickest and Inheritance, an Amazon Best Science Book of the Year, among other books. His work brings together evolution, genetics, and medicine to revolutionize how we understand and treat disease, and his clinical research led to the discovery of two ...more