Gene Expression

Since I’m on a Dumb Vinci Code kick today, check out this amusing article about the genetics of Jesus! Check it:

In humans, females package some of their DNA in two matched X chromosomes, males in a single X and Y. So if you’re a male, there’s only one way you could have gotten your Y chromosome, and that’s from your biological father.

Where would Jesus have gotten his Y?

Where indeed. Perhaps Jesus Christ was an XX male? In other words, he was a clone of Mary that was miraculously possessed of an SRY.


  1. #1 Neurotopia
    May 22, 2006

    Jesus was a parthenote?

  2. #2 Boknekht
    May 22, 2006

    Yea, Christ couldn’t have been a normal male preaching things like “turn the other cheek” or “love thy enemy” lol, JK.

    Maybe he had ‘God’s’ Y-chrom., lol.

    “In XX male syndrome caused by the gene SRY, a translocation between the X chromosome and Y chromosome causes the condition”

    “The rest of the individuals with XX male syndrome do not have SRY detectable in their cells. Hence, other genes on other chromosomes in the pathway for determining sex must be responsible for their male physical features”

    Interesting!! I had no idea such a karyotype? existed. In was only aware of XYY, XXY, XXX, XXXX( super-male syndrome, Klinefelter syndrome & super-female syndrome)

    oh no, now sex determination knowledge will soon be, or is already, way over my head, beyond my comprehension.

  3. #3 NA
    May 22, 2006

    XX maleness is a rare syndrome with a frequency of 1 in 20 000-25 000 males. Development of the male phenotype in the absence of SRY probably results from the loss of function mutation in a sex-determining gene.

  4. #4 Jeb Baugh
    May 22, 2006

    So, the H in Jesus H. Christ doesn’t stand for haploid afterall?

  5. #5 Dan Dare
    May 22, 2006

    Of course, Jesus got his Y chromosome from the same place Adam got all 46 of his.

  6. #6 John Wilkins
    May 23, 2006

    If Jesus was an XX male, that’s it for the Da Vinci Code, then.

  7. #7 Nathan Myers
    May 23, 2006

    Who verified that Jesus was male, anyhow? Maybe (s)he cross-dressed. Makes you wonder about that Judas Kiss, too.

  8. #8 Teddy
    May 25, 2006

    Another genetic aspect of the Da Vinci code is hugely improbable, or so my amateur reading of population genetics would suggest. The likelihood that there is one — and only one — person living today who is a direct descendent of someone who lived 2,000 years ago is not too likely. In fact, it would be almost impossible. People who lived 2,000 years ago come in two varieties: those who have absolutely no living descendents today and those who are related to almost every human being on the planet. There’s not much middle ground after the passing of enough generations.

  9. #9 Fred J
    May 26, 2006

    We always thought Jesus had to be a Turner. XO
    …tho prolly a XY like ressof male.

  10. #10 Mary Scriver
    May 27, 2006

    In philosophical circles this is called the error of “misplaced concreteness,” when one takes an analogy or poetic concept as something real. The version in the Middles Ages when they didn’t know about DNA and X and Y was a big argument over whether Adam had a belly button.

    Prairie Mary

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