Gonadal Sex Reversal

Grant number: 251551

Abstract

Disorders of sexual development are among the most common form of birth defects in humans (1 in 4,000 births) because failure of the gonads to develop does not affect the viability of the individual. Such disorders can have profound psychological and medical consequences upon the individual, family, and society. Some intersexual conditions are the result of inappropriate exposure to hormones during fetal life, and others are due to spontaneous or inherited gene mutation. About 5-10% of ovarian cancer cases, that affect 1 in 8000 Australian women, are due to the inheritance of a faulty gene. An understanding of the way gene expression and hence tissue differentiation is altered after sex reve..

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