Jul 302014
 

I will be out of the country, with limited internet access, from July 31 through August 12.

Mad Chick will be handling Masters of Sex duties.

Season premiere and episode 2 of Hell on Wheels are already written and will post as soon as each episode ends.

Karl will keep the News running.

Other people may or may not be posting, and I will have some other things scheduled to go up, but I won’t be around for comment interaction, and posting is likely to be light.

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Jul 292014
 

One thing that struck me as interesting in Masters of Sex episode 2.03, Fight, was that Bill Masters had a genetic test on hand that determined definitively that the baby with ambiguous genitalia was male.

Watson and Crick first published the structure of the DNA double-helix in 1953. Was Masters really determining sex by a simple blood test in 1959?

This article on the WHO website says

In 1959, chromosomal analysis of two human disorders, Turner syndrome and Klinefelter syndrome, demonstrated for the first time that genetic factors on the Y chromosomes of mammals are important determinants in male sex.

Seems like an anachronism to me.

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Masters of Sex: Fight

Masters of Sex: Fight

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Jul 16, 2014

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