h craig c kuettner kuettner at
Wed Sep 8 09:01:51 EST 1999

On 7 Sep 1999, Nicholas Landau wrote:

> "HoneyCarmel" <HoneyCarmel at> writes:
> >Does anyone know if the blood line of children have anything to do with the
> >woman? Or is it determined only by the man to the male children?
> >-- 
> >The ladder of success is never crowded at the top.
> >      -- Florence Griffith Joyner
> What do you mean by "blood line?"
> The term generally refers to someone's familial relationship, which
> is decided by society, and not by biology.  In my society (USA) you
> are considered a member of both your mother's family and your father's
> family.
> If you are asking about the inheritance of genes, that is a different
> matter.  Human inherit about half of their genetic material from each
> parent.  You may be surprised to learn that men get slightly more
> genetic material from their mothers than from their fathers.  This is
> because men pass a short "Y" chromosome to their sons, which has little
> information.  Women instead pass a much, much larger "X" chromosome
> to their sons and their daughters.

Not to mention that women also pass on the mitochondrial DNA and men do
not, making the difference even larger.


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