Journal article

Inducing sex reversal of the urogenital system of marsupials

Marilyn B Renfree, Keng Yih Chew, Geoff Shaw

DIFFERENTIATION | ELSEVIER SCI LTD | Published : 2014

Abstract

Marsupials differ from eutherian mammals in their reproductive strategy of delivering a highly altricial young after a short gestation. The young, with its undeveloped organ systems completes its development post-natally, usually within a pouch. The young is dependent on milk with a composition that varies through lactation to support its growth and changing needs as it matures over a lengthy period. Gonadal differentiation occurs after birth, providing a unique opportunity to examine the effects of hormonal manipulations on its sexual differentiation of the highly accessible young. In marsupials a difference in the migration of the urinary ducts around the genital ducts from eutherian mamma..

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