Rethinking the Rotting Y Chromosome

Biologist David Page '78 discusses how recent genomic studies have revealed the Y chromosome's architectural beauty, evolutionary dynamism, and critical role in male fertility.

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For many decades, the male-specific chromosome was understood to be a genetic wasteland of little import. David Page '78, director of the Whitehead Institute for Biomedical Research at MIT, discusses how recent genomic studies have revealed the Y chromosome's architectural beauty, evolutionary dynamism, and critical role in male fertility.