Where Are the Missing Girls?: Another possible explanation for Asia’s boy-heavy birth rates.


By Zuzanna Kobrzynski, Melonyce McAfee, Sonia Smith, and Blake Wilson
Updated Wednesday, Feb. 8, 2006, at 4:53 PM ET
New York Times Magazine, Feb. 12
In addition to cultural mandates that inflate the importance of bearing sons, disease might also be a factor in lopsided birth rates in developing Asian countries. An article looks at research indicating that a Hepatitis B-carrying parent may have less chance of having a girl. “Yet others fear that such findings are based on flimsy data and could help governments turn a blind eye to gender discrimination,” according to the writer. (Stephen J. Dubner and Steven D. Levitt covered the Hepatitis B angle in Slate last year.) Ö The cover piece profiles Republican Sen. Chuck Hagel, an Iraq war dissenter who wants to make a run for the GOP ticket in 2008. Hagel isn’t shy about expressing his views, which often clash with the party line. “Nowó33 months before a presidential election, two years before the first primariesóhis chances aren’t merely discounted; he’s seldom even mentioned in Republican circles, as if he has been sidelined by his independence on Iraq,” the author writes.óM.M.


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