Tuesday, December 25, 2007

Is it possible for a virgin to give birth?

We pose this question at mwbh as we enjoy the holidays (where we'll get back to you on the details after it's over). While biblical "scholars" say this couldn't possibly have happened -- after all, it's not as if God has any control over the forces of nature or anything, just because He created everything that exists, right? -- Melinda Wenner poses the same in a recent issue of Slate magazine. The short answer is, "yes, but it's very, very, very unlikely." The long answer includes at least a bit of anecdotal evidence:

According to a 1995 report in the journal Nature Genetics, a mother brought her infant boy to the doctor after noticing that his head was developing abnormally. When doctors analyzed his blood, they found something truly bizarre: Despite his anatomically male features, the boy's blood cells were entirely female, consisting only of genetic material from his mother...

It gets better. Here's wishing the same for you this day. Stay tuned...

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