Penn State research reveals role of gene in infertility

by Jon Henshaw

Penn State Live reports:

A paper describing discoveries about the role of a gene that is important in all animals, plants, and fungi is published in the July, 20 2004 issue of the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. One of the discoveries is that the gene, named RAD51, plays an essential role in the the process of recombining the genetic material in chromosomes during sexual reproduction in plants.

In humans, defects in this process can cause a fetus to have abnormal numbers of chromosomes, resulting in infertility, miscarriages, or birth defects. The new discoveries about the gene’s role in plants suggest that it also may have an essential role in the production of sperm and egg cells in humans and other mammals.

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