Disappearance of the Y Chromosome

September 26, 2013


Why do we need men? Why do we have sex? Why do we have sexes? The “mark of a male” is the iconic Y chromosome but did you know that it is a shrunken remnant of its former self? Our resident geneticist, Dr. Darren Griffin, discusses how the Y chromosome came to shrink and in particular, whether this shrinkage means that it will inevitably disappear into nothingness.

*Access to this recording is an exclusive benefit for ACS Members.

What You Will Learn

  • What does the human genome look like
  • The genetic differences between females and males
  • Why do we have sexes?
  • How the Y chromosome is shrinking
  • The eventual disappearance of men, can’t live with them…can’t live without them?

The Fine Print

ACS Webinars® does not endorse any products or services. The views expressed in this presentation are those of the presenters and do not necessarily reflect the views or policies of the American Chemical Society.

ACS Webinars logo


Darren Griffin
University of Kent

Bill Courtney