Why gender impacts chances of dying from COVID-19

Thursday, April 23, 2020 - 4:13pm

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Host Marco Werman speaks with evolutionary geneticist Jenny Graves of La Trobe University in Melbourne, Australia, about why men are dying from COVID-19 at much higher rates around the world. It turns out that the X chromosome has 1,000 genes on it, and that having two X chromosomes provides an important backup, especially in fighting disease.