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Whitehead and Genomics Collaborative Study Role of Y Chromosome in Infertility

NEW YORK, March 22 (GenomeWeb News) - Researchers at the Whitehead Institute for Biomedical Research and at Genomics Collaborative plan to study the role of the Y chromosome in infertility, GCI said today.


The scientists plan to analyze over 20,000 DNA samples from men worldwide to find genes on the Y chromosome that, when deleted, render these men unable to produce sperm cells. In a pilot project, they will study samples from 4,000 US men.


The DNA samples come from GCI's Global Repository, a library of 550,000 human samples and clinical records from 120,000 patients worldwide.

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