Only 2 genes from Y chromosome needed to produce healthy offspring in mice

11/24/2013 | Nature (free content)

Just two genes from the Y chromosome are needed for a male mouse to father healthy offspring with assisted reproduction, according to a study published in Science. The Y chromosome is associated with male characteristics in most mammals, and researchers have long been curious whether the entire chromosome is needed to produce a healthy male. The study could have implications for men who lack some of the genes involved in the production of sperm, rendering them infertile.

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