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Last updated at 18:14 GMT, Thursday, 15 March 2012

The extinction of men

Human DNA

Human DNA

Rosie and Neil talk about a new study which suggests that men may become extinct in as little as 100,000 years. Listen to the programme to find out why this might be happenning.

This week's question: What is the ratio of men to women in the world? Is it

a) Equal – so 100 males to every 100 females.

b) 101 males to every 100 females.

c) 100 males to every 105 females.

Listen out for the answer at the end of the programme.


The extinction of men

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a very small structure in animal or plant cells


chemical substances in the body that influence cell function


expecting bad things to happen


numerical expression of the relative sizes between two or more values


a situation in which a life form stops existing

breathe a sigh of relief

feel happy that something unpleasant stops


reduced by a large amount


units in cells that control qualities passed on through generations

natural selection

a process in nature that determines chances of survival


a fixed idea or image that people have about something



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