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When it comes to medicine, how we define slippery concepts like race, gender and age matters

The foundation of medical research, which is considered the gold standard, is the Randomized Controlled Trial when individuals are matched ...
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Viewpoint: About the backlash faced by JK Rowling arguing against a ’sex spectrum’—Evolutionary biologist says maybe she was right

JK Rowling recently drew fire on social media for tweeting the statements to the effect that “biological sex is real.” ...
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Bronze age gender inequality? Analysis of 2,500-year-old teeth shows different diets for boys and girls

Analysing 2500-year-old teeth has thrown open a window onto life and gender inequality during Bronze Age China. The University of ...
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Viewpoint: Genetics can help us navigate the ‘toxic’ transgender debate in more compassionate ways

If we are ever to untangle the nature/nurture knot, we need to find ways past the petty politicizing exemplified by ...
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Viewpoint: Biologist Jerry Coyne challenges view that sex is ‘a spectrum⁠, not a binary’⁠—such claims ‘undermine public trust in science’

As a biologist, I get especially irked at the repeated claim that sex in humans is “a spectrum, not a ...
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Viewpoint: Prohibiting treatment of transgender teens ignores reality of gender dysphoria

New study delves into the genetics of individuals with gender dysphoria ...
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Why lumping transgender teens into a single group in mental health studies is missing an opportunity to help them

The disparities are staggering: A growing body of research suggests that transgender teens experience suicidal thoughts and attempt to take ...
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Tackling Stone Age stereotypes and misconceptions including this: They made tools out of more than just stone

Although most depictions of Stone Age hunters are male, women and children played a huge part in the creation and ...
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Gender nonconforming Americans can now choose neither male nor female on their licenses in many states

A growing number of states and companies are allowing people to designate their gender as “X” instead of male or ...
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Viewpoint: Neuroscientists cannot afford to ignore differences between male, female brains

Diseases like Alzheimer’s and schizophrenia manifest differently in men and women, and that’s important to know ...
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Exploring the ‘solid rationale’ for separating elite male and female athletes in competition

When it comes to athletic competition, there is a stark difference between male and female performance ...
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Are men angrier than women? Or do they just show it more?

Science is beginning to provide new explanations about the ways that personality, age, gender and life experiences shape the way ...
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Viewpoint: What defines a female athlete? Law professor, former runner’s case for why Caster Semenya’s testosterone levels critical in determining if she should compete with women

The Court of Arbitration for Sport ruled that intersex athletes must reduce their testosterone to within accepted female levels ...
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Is gender identity fluid or fixed? What we know about other animals might help inform the debate.

Distinguishing between sex and gender is a vital first step in understanding gender identity ...
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Examining the link between autism and gender noncomformity

Traits associated with autism and gender variance co-occur even among typical children, a new study suggests. The finding may ease ...
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Women are more skeptical of GMOs than men—but not because of their ‘maternal instincts’

Studies have found that women are more skeptical of genetically modified (GM) foods than men....Conventional wisdom has been that maternal ...
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Viewpoint: Evolution denialism is back. This time it’s coming from the left

Evolutionary biology has always been controversial, but new discussions about sex and gender have led to a resurgence in denial ...
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Viewpoint: Science needs to embrace the difference between sex and gender—without abandoning the past

Lots of sites, including three scientific societies, have rejected the new Health and Human Services guidelines that provide a classification of ...
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Viewpoint: Why we need to better understand sexual orientation, gender identity in autism

In contemporary media, portrayals of autistic people are typically stereotyped and conventional: heterosexual, cisgender and, more often than not, naïve ...
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Viewpoint: Ideology has no place in gender science discussions

Radical egalitarianism defends the idea that any collective of adult human beings has the same innate distribution of qualities, independently ...
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As arguments rage over the sources of transgender identity, science weighs in

Discussing gender dysphoria and brain differences in transgender populations ...
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Why gender evades easy definitions regardless of what the Trump administration says

According to a recent report in the New York Times, the Department of Health and Human Services is “considering narrowly defining gender as ...
Beyond the binary: Science suggests there’s more than just male or female

Beyond the binary: Science suggests there’s more than just male or female

Sex can be much more complicated than it at first seems. According to the simple scenario, the presence or absence ...
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‘Gender-equality paradox’: Why are differences stronger in wealthier, gender-equal nations?

In Sweden, girls are just as likely to go to school and university as boys are. Women make up a greater ...
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No strings attached: Why are men more interested in casual sex?

First, is there any truth in [gender] stereotypes? And second, if there is, why? The answer to the first question, ...
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Defining gender and questioning the need for a ‘level playing field’ in elite athletics

The context surrounding the study of the impact of testosterone on elite athletes is essential in understanding its underlying hypothesis ...
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Gender, sex and identity: Sports’ ruling bodies struggle to draw lines to ensure fairness for all

The case of Caster Semenya is as fascinating as it is multi-faceted. And while the debate can be endless due ...
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Here’s what we really know about transgender genetics—so far

The week started strangely. On [March 19], the author of a new book on transgender identity emailed me, asking about ...