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Examining sex-based differences in the brain

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JENNIFER SWANN, LEHIGH UNIVERSITY

It may seem obvious, but biological males differ significantly from biological females in many aspects of physiology and behavior. These differences have profound implications for the treatment and prevention of diseases such as cardiovascular disease, asthma, renal failure, cancer, and diabetes — implications long overlooked, but gaining currency perhaps due to the increasing number of women in research. Many studies, including mine, have demonstrated striking sex-based differences in the brains of rodents. For example, my research is focused on the medial preoptic area (MPOA), a...Read full article

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