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Gender testing today: Unraveling a mystery

It's not hard to figure out if a man is masquerading as a woman, especially when he's wearing spandex and is required to produce a urine sample in front of a drug tester. So when a gender question comes up in an athletic setting - an extremely rare situation, usually raised by a female competitor who lost - it triggers the same multi-part medical quest that is used to determine causes of infertility and other reproductive problems. The tests cannot determine whether a woman is female; instead, they search for developmental abnormalities and leave the athletic or legal ruling up to authorities.


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Article | What's the difference between a man and a woman? The question seems too silly to be science: Its answer is so obvious that every stand-up comic has a different way of saying it. (Even the gender jokes break down by gender: Male comics say women go to the bathroom in packs. Female comics say men w...

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