Where’s Madame Curie When You Need Her?

They drink more, drive faster, see the doctor less often, etc. In short, men are notoriously more likely than women to do things that shorten life and to avoid things that lengthen it. But what if there were exotic genetic technologies that could slow the aging process and extend one’s life? Surprise! In a survey by Virginia Commonwealth University, nearly twice as many men as women (19 percent vs. 10 percent) said they’d be “very likely” to use them. This is just one part of a more general gender gap in attitudes toward science and technology. Men were far more likely than women (44 percent vs. 28 percent)to say it’s “morally acceptable” to use human cloning technology in developing new treatments for disease. Asked whether they “really enjoy learning how things work in science and technology,” 58 percent of men strongly agreed, vs. 43 percent of women. By the same token, men were less likely than women (30 percent vs. 40 percent) to agree strongly that new advances in science are “too complicated” to be comprehensible to “a person like me.”