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Snips and snails and puppydog tails ... and cereal and bananas?That could be what little boys are made of, according to surprising new research suggesting that what a woman eats before pregnancy influences the gender of her baby.Having a hearty appetite, eating potassium-rich foods including bananas, and not skipping breakfast all seemed to raise the odds of having a boy.The British research is billed as the first in humans to show a link between a woman's diet and whether she has a boy or girl.It is not proof, but it fits with evidence from test tube fertilization that male embryos thrive best with longer exposure to nutrient-rich lab cultures, said Dr. Tarun Jain. He is a fertility specialist at University of Illinois at Chicago who wasn't involved in the study.It just might be that it takes more nutrients to build boys than girls, he said
Couple Fight Ends in DeathLos Angeles. A pregnant woman died when her husband stuffed a banana in her mouth and the banana got stuck in her throat. She and the husband attempted to remove the banana, but it was "too slippery", and she died of asphyxia seconds later. The husband called 911 while she was still alive. When emergency arrived, they found the husband with a shovel in his hand hastily burying his wife in the backyard."I didn't mean to hurt her", he said, "I just wanted a boy. She didn't."When asked why he didn't attempt the Heimlich Maneuver, he said, "The what?". He also says he will plead "not guilty". "I didn't want to kill her, it's just that sometimes I can be kinda... rude."
Sex is determined genetically at conceptionby the inheritance of either two X chromosomes (female) or an X and a Y(male). The expression of the sex characteristics doesn't begin until about6 weeks gestation. Before that time the fetus is not really male or female,but non-specific. The fetus has two non-specific gonads and two sets oftubes. If the fetus has a Y chromosome, at 6 weeks a gene called the SRY(sex determining region of the Y) turns on. This gene causes thedegeneration of the female characters and causes the male characters todevelop. It causes the non-specific gonads to become testes and the tubes tobecome the vas deferens. Once the testes are mature enough another geneturns on to start producing testosterone. This causes the internal sexorgans to develop. Part of the testosterone turns into another hormone whichthen causes the external sex organs to develop. If the Y chromosome isn'tpresent the female pattern of development occurs; the female pattern is thedefault pattern so-to-speak. The gonads become ovaries and the tubes becomefallopian tubes. So even though the gene for maleness is inherited atconception, the expression of the trait doesn't begin until about 6 weeks.
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