The Mating Game

Challenging the common assumption that reproduction is a random process, Auckland University’s Valerie Grant claims to be able to predict whether a woman is more likely to produce male or female offspring via a “personality test.” By placing female biology at the center of the issue, Grant aligns human procreation with the rest of the animal kingdom. As she argues, many animals use factors such as temperature to control the gender of their offspring – why shouldn’t humans (consciously or not) do the same?

Tags: female biology  gender prediction  New Scientist  University of Auckland  Valerie Grant