Genes and the development of eggs and sperm

Grant number: 509311 | Funding period: 2008

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Abstract

We propose to determine if a recently discovered biological mechanism plays crucial roles in the development of eggs and sperm. To achieve this, we will remove or mutate this pathway specifically in developing eggs and sperm , then examine the effect. Preliminary results indicate that the mechanism does play important roles mutated eggs fail to complete maturation. These studies will tell us more about what makes a healthy egg and sperm, and are relevant to female and male fertility.

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