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Genetics

16 July 2010

Sperm gene is 600 million years old

The gene in men that's responsible for sperm production is 600 million years old and appears to be the only gene exclusively required for sperm production in creatures ranging from insects to mammals.

The gene in men that's responsible for sperm production is 600 million years old and appears to be the only gene exclusively required for sperm production in creatures ranging from insects to mammals.

"This is the first clear evidence that suggests our ability to produce sperm is very ancient, probably originating at the dawn of animal evolution 600 million years ago. This finding suggests that all animal sperm production likely comes from a common prototype," Eugene Xu, an assistant professor of obstetrics and gynaecology, said.

 

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