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Viruses Might Be Gentler On Women Than Men

Virus are sexist?!
by Andrei Medina | Dec 15, 2016
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We all thought that everyone was equal when it comes to getting sick. Turns out we were all wrong after a study showed that viruses are actually gents when it comes to infecting women.

According to a study cited on Medscape, viruses do this for a reason; so they could survive and thrive.

“It has already been established that men and women react to illness differently, but evidence shows that viruses themselves have evolved to affect the sexes differently,” Professor Vincent Jansen was quoted as saying in the study.

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You might wonder how viruses do this just by going easy on women. Well, these organisms have evolved to spread further and in this case we’re looking at mother-to-child transmissions.

“The reason why these illnesses are less virulent in women is that the virus wants to be passed from mother to child, either through breastfeeding, or just through giving birth.” says Dr. Francisco Úbeda, a co-author of the same study.

Meanwhile, another research from School of Biological Sciences found proof that viruses are indeed harder on men than women.


In their mathematical modeling tests of the HTLV-1 virus, they found that the chances of the virus becoming a fatal form of leukemia in was up to 3.5 times more in Japanese men than women.

“It's entirely probable that this sex-specific virulent behavior is happening to many other pathogens causing diseases. It's an excellent example of what evolutionary analysis can do for medicine.” Ubeda says.

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Now, you’ve got a new excuse to tell your girl-friends the next time they tease you for being weak after going down with the sickness.


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