This Week in Nature

In Nature this week, a team of UK researchers reports on the identification of new factors that regulate the production of human eggs during meiosis. To overcome technical challenges that have limited previous attempts to screen for mammalian meiotic genes, the investigators developed a new RNAi-based method that allows the assessment of the effects of blocking protein expression in nearly 800 preselected genes mediating the cell division process.

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