The X chromosome is one of the two sex-determining chromosomes in many animal species, including mammals (the other is the Y chromosome) and is found in both males and females. It is a part of the XY sex-determination system and X0 sex-determination system. The X chromosome was named for its unique properties by early researchers, which resulted in the naming of its counterpart Y chromosome, for the next letter in the alphabet, after it was discovered later.
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“We become male automatically because of the Y chromosome and the little magic peanut, but if we are to become men we need the help of other menwe need our fathers to model for us and then to anoint us, we need our buddies to share the coming-of-age rituals with us and to let us join the team of men, and we need myths of heroes to inspire us and to show us the way.”
—Frank Pittman (20th century)