Do women have multitasking wired into their chromosomes?
I recently read a comment on one of the translator mailing lists that I belong to that went something like this:
What's the difference between a male and a female translator?
When a male translator takes a break, he has a smoke, surfs the internet, watches TV or some other such fluff.
When a female translator takes a break, she loads the washing machine, runs the vacuum, takes the dog out, puts the laundry away, pays the bills and cooks dinner.
This article in the NYT gives fascinating insight into the wiring of the X chromosome...
"In fact, it is to compensate for the monomania of the Y that the X chromosome has become such a mother of a multitasker. Over the 300 million years of evolution, as the Y chromosome has shrugged off more of its generic genetic responsibilities in pursuit of sexual specialization, the X has had to pick up the slack. It, too, has pawned off genes to other chromosomes. But for those genes still in its charge, the X must double their output, to prod each gene to spool out twice the protein of an ordinary gene and thus be the solo equivalent of any twinned genes located on other, nonsexy chromosomes. "
I need to go vacuum now.