NEW YORK — Every year, slightly more boy babies than girl babies are born worldwide. But back when sperm meets egg, the two sexes are conceived in equal numbers, a new study suggests.
That contradicts the idea found in many textbooks and scientific articles that males are in the majority at conception, researchers said.
And it implies more females than males die before birth, resulting in the excess of male births, says Steven Orzack, a study author.
“We don’t have good information on the cause of this difference,” he said.
The work, released Monday by the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, also estimates the ratio of males to females at various points in pregnancy. It finds a see-sawing pattern over that time in which sex is more prone to die in the womb, as various genetic influences take their toll.
“We’re gaining fundamental new insights in the biology…
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