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Drumsticks and Other Nuclear Changes in White Blood Cells Associated with Gender

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Genetics

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Women have a "drumstick" arising from the nucleus of polymorphonuclear (PMN) leukocytes. It should not be referred to as "sex chromatin" since it was shown by Ashley in 1957 to be unrelated to the sex chromatin of somatic cells. Although genetic tests are now readily available for determining a person's gender, this examination can still be useful as an inexpensive screening test or in resource-poor areas.

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