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Inherent feminizing effect of germ cells: New insights into sex determination

20:00 EDT 28 Mar 2018 | AAAS

(Nagoya University) Germ cells have long been recognized as the only cells that can transfer genetic materials to the next generation via the sperm or egg. However, recent analyses in medaka (teleost fish) revealed another essential role of germ cells -- feminizing the gonads. Researchers showed the feminizing effect of germ cells occurs in parallel with other reproductive elements. Germ cells in medaka may have a potential to feminize gonads at the moment they have developed.

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