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ONE EXTRAORDINARY RIFLE: CHRONICLE OF A FINE CUSTOM GUN is Reeve’s nearly complete chronicle about the making of a one-of-a-kind masterpiece African hunting rifle.
One camp, led by the International Olympic Committee (IOC), believes the line imposed between putative male and putative female athletes must be biological.
And so, the IOC has just decided that, for the London Olympic Games, the rule of sex will be based on something called "functional androgens" (or "functional testosterone").
This means that an athlete who was raised a girl and identifies as a woman will be allowed to play as a woman so long as the IOC does not discover that her body makes and responds to high levels of androgens.
Androgens, of which testosterone is one type, naturally occur in both male and female bodies, but higher production usually means more male-typical development.
Brittle stars, relatives of starfish, have tough exoskeletons and long, slender arms.
Most of the 2,000 or so species use the standard, hands-off marine method of reproduction, spewing their eggs and sperm into the water and leaving it at that.
That fundamental philosophical question lies behind the debate over what to do with women athletes who were raised as girls but whose bodies seem to be unusually masculine.