Between The Sexes
More babies than you might think are born neither boys nor girls. Sorting it out is a lifelong struggle
by CHRISTINE GORMAN; WENDY COLE
In 1993 Debbie Hartman was sure she was hearing things in her hospital room. She had just undergone a caesarean section, and the doctors were saying the baby was healthy but they weren't sure whether it was a boy or a girl. "I thought the drugs were making me hallucinate," she recalls. In fact, she was hearing just fine. But nothing about her child's biology - from the chromosomes to the reproductive tissue - conformed to the standard demarcations we have come to expect between the male and female sexes. In the language of developmental biologists, the baby was "intersexual."
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