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12th October 2004: Sex, Genetics, and the extinction of men...

The Y chromosome is shrinking. Within 5000 generations, fertility in the male population will be down to 1% of its current rate. At that point humanity may be faced with extinction - or finding a way to reproduce without men.

Professor Sykes examines questions of sex, gender and whether men are becoming an endangered species. Could and should we do without men, and what effect would it have on our population - are there behavioural traits which are carried by men and not women?

Professor Bryan Sykes is the founder of Oxford Ancestors, a company specialising in the identification of genetic ancestry. He lives in Oxford and Skye when not busy speaking and signing books, including "Seven Daughters of Eve" and his most recent, "Adam's Curse".

Come along and join us at 7pm in Blackwells Main Bookshop, Broad Street, Oxford.
No ticket, no booking, no scientific background required.

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