Colin Marks's Reviews > The Better Half: On the Genetic Superiority of Women

The Better Half by Sharon  Moalem
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it was amazing
bookshelves: e-book, non-fiction, netgalley

Men have XY chromosomes, women have two Xs. That extra X gives women a level of redundancy - if something bad happens, whether that be dodgy DNA or an infectious disease, the female body can chose between those two Xs and select the stronger. As a result, women live longer and healthier lives.

That's the jist of the Better Half - but Sharon goes into various anecdotes and case studies, though often a bit too deep into medicine for a lay person. Some of the conclusions seem a little stretched, such as the XX benefited the women in the Donner Party (the American pioneers who resorted to cannibalism when trapped over the winter) - I suspect it's more to do with the men out hunting in the cold - but there's a lot of useful information packed into those pages.

Well worth a read. I would've given it a 4.5 (as too much medical info) but rounding up to a 5!

Book supplied by Netgalley for an honest review.
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Reading Progress

March 25, 2020 – Started Reading
April 25, 2020 – Shelved
April 25, 2020 – Shelved as: e-book
April 25, 2020 – Shelved as: non-fiction
April 25, 2020 – Shelved as: netgalley
April 25, 2020 – Finished Reading

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