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Uncovering the Secrets of the X Chromosome

Scientists expose the X chromosome's complete genetic sequence. New research shows how the X and Y chromosomes evolved from a pair of regular chromosomes 300 million years ago.

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Joe Palca is a science correspondent for NPR. Since joining NPR in 1992, Palca has covered a range of science topics — everything from biomedical research to astronomy. He is currently focused on the eponymous series, "Joe's Big Idea." Stories in the series explore the minds and motivations of scientists and inventors. Palca is also the founder of NPR Scicommers – A science communication collective.