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Can we determine the gender of a child now,I mean,not randomly?
There are equal amount of sperms with X chromosome and Y chromosome.
Can these two kinds of sperms be distinguished easily?
If yes,we can choose the kind of sperm to meet the ovum,then the gender of the child can be determined.

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Sperms can and are sorted using flow cytometry to attempt to separate sub-populations carrying X or Y chromosomes. The technique isn't perfect but it is undergoing "clinical trials" in the USA.

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"Sex" is the right word when talking about biology. "Gender" is about the cultural signifiers and differences that a culture puts on people depending on their sex.

There are transexual people and transgender people and intersexed people...so it's a little rude to them to act like biological sex is a binary thing, or that is it totally the same as gender.

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  • $\begingroup$ yes, sex selection also helps. It is illegal in China and India,but not in most of the countries especially in western countries. It should be a basic human right for parents? $\endgroup$ – questionhang Feb 12 '14 at 7:35

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