In a blow to peace activists everywhere, it turns out that men are probably not going extinct. A new study is challenging the popular theory that the Y chromosome is slowly disappearing. Since the general-decline-of-men-story has pretty much been journalists' bread and butter for the last ten years, I'm not sure what we'll all write about now. At least men are still falling behind in school, so that's something.
Since I'm a woman and therefore bad at science, I'll let Jezebel explain all this for me:
According to the BBC, some scientists had predicted that poor fragile Y would be extinct within 100,000 years, taking dudes with it. One geneticist, Bryan Sykes, wrote a book called Adam's Curse speculating that the world would soon be stripped of male humans, and thus of "greed and ambition." The reason: while most women have two X chromosomes, most men have just one Y, meaning the chromosome doesn't get a chance to exchange genes with a counterpart. The result is that mutations and other problems get preserved over time.
I mean, have you been to a bar in New York lately? The estrogen! But the new study published in Nature finds these Y chromosome doomsday scenarios were probably exaggerated.
Researchers compared human Y chromosomes to those of chimps, which are about 6 million years behind us in evolutionary terms, and rhesus macaques, which are 25 million years behind. They found that the chimp chromosome has no genes the human one doesn't have, and the rhesus chromosome has just one that we lack. So basically, the Y chromosome has dropped just one gene in 25 million years — hardly a race towards extinction.
Looks like we evil pro-choice-feminist-man-haters will have to go back to our yonic lairs for more plotting!