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January 18, 2004

Sex selection makes national news

This cover story in Newsweek covered the sex selection technology that is becoming widely available in the United States. But, I would have liked two things explored in more detail:

1) Why do some families skew toward males or females.
2) What has the impact of sex imbalance been in other parts of the world, like the Punjab or South Korea?

I don't think sex selection is that mind-boggling, after all, infanticide has been around for thousands of years, and elective abortions combined with ultrasound have been accessible for a few decades now. Rather, it is the high-tech methods, and the "wow!" factor, that is being hyped up.

Posted by razib at 04:22 PM