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Disorders of sex development




Supporters of African runner Caster Semenya sing, dance and cheer during a welcome ceremony on August 25, 2009
Supporters of African runner Caster Semenya sing, dance and cheer during a welcome ceremony on August 25, 2009
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When track athlete Caster Semenya won the women's 800m at the World Championships last month, questions about her gender overshadowed her victory. While test results of her condition have not been released, the event brings greater attention to disorders of sex development (DSDs). In these cases, individuals may have reproductive anatomy or a chromosomal pattern that does not fit the typical definition of a male or female. Larry talks with experts about the biology behind disorders of sex development, their implications, and the support options available for families of children with DSDs.

Guests:


Arlene Baratz, M.D., physician and mother of a child with androgen insensitivity syndrome. She is a family and medical advisor for the Androgen Insensitivity Syndrome Support Group, Accord Alliance , and Advocates for Informed Choice

Jane Goto, intersex advocate and educator