Inducing sex reversal of the urogenital system of marsupials
Marilyn B Renfree, Keng Yih Chew, Geoff Shaw
DIFFERENTIATION | ELSEVIER SCI LTD | Published : 2014
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..View full abstract
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We thank our many colleagues, collaborators and students who have participated in this work. These studies were supported by grants from the National Health and Medical Research Council of Australia project grants to MBR, GS, Andrew Pask and Jean D Wilson.