Androgen Insensitivity Syndrome, a Disease I never heard of

Extreme beauty is not necessarily a sign of superior reproductive potential. There is a genetic condition called androgen insensitivity syndrome, in which a fetus with male chromosomes lacks the capacity to respond to the male hormones its embryonic testes produce. As a result, the fetus's body develops as female.

Girls with the condition often grow into unusually beautiful women, with long legs, clear skin, ample breasts and thick hair. A number of famous models and actresses are thought to have androgen insensitivity syndrome. Yet women with A.I.S. lack normal reproductive organs and are infertile. By a cold Darwinian reckoning, their beauty is deceptive.

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