Fruit Fly Research Gives Clue To Infertility

Posted By on November 26, 2012

Scientists have identified a gene which could help solve the problem of infertility in humans.

The team at the University of Edinburgh conducted a study with fruit flies, during which they found that when the gene SRPK is missing, chromosomes do not “huddle” together.

They believe the huddling process is necessary to ensure the egg’s healthy development and fertilisation.

Chromosomes are thread-like structures which contain a person’s DNA, and when they divide it can lead to sterility and low fertility, according to the study. [full story…]