Monday, July 23, 2012

Every sperm is special, genome sequencing shows

BioNews - Every sperm is special, genome sequencing shows: Results of the first study to sequence the genomes of individual sperm cells obtained from one person have revealed significant genetic differences between them, confirming the belief that each sperm is unique. It is hoped the technique could be applied in fertility treatments to identify genetic mutations that may occur in the recombination process.

'For the first time we were able to generate an individual recombination map and mutation rate for each of several sperm from one person', said Professor Barry Behr from Stanford University in California, USA, who was involved in the study. 'Now we can look at a particular individual, make some calls about what they would likely contribute genetically to an embryo, and perhaps even diagnose or detect potential problems.'

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