The Y chromosome is vanishing – just what exactly can happen to males?

Professor of Genetics, University of Kent

Lecturer in Molecular Biology and Reproduction, University of Kent

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Darren Griffin has current grants that are collaborative JSR Genetics and Topigs Norsvin. Including BBSRC and Innovate British financing. Boosting quality that is oocyte enhance assisted reproduction in peri-pubertal pigs and cattle (BBSRC) – going to begin. ?335,000 Tech Strategy Board (BBSRC – Inovate UK). Pig IVF and genetics: a path to worldwide sustainability.

The Y chromosome may be a sign of masculinity, however it is getting increasingly clear it is certainly not strong and enduring. It contains very few other genes and is the only chromosome not necessary for life although it carries the “master switch” gene, SRY, that determines whether an embryo will develop as male (XY) or female (XX.

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