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New gene linked to infertility discovered

Scientists have identified a new gene that they claim could help solve the problem of infertility in humans.

health and fitness Updated: Nov 28, 2012 00:52 IST

Scientists have identified a new gene that they claim could help solve the problem of infertility in humans.

Researchers from the Edinburgh University conducted a study with fruit flies and found that when the gene SRPK is missing, chromosomes do not "huddle" together, the BBC News reported.

Scientists believe the huddling process is necessary to ensure fertilisation. Chromosomes contain DNA and when they divide it can lead to sterility and low fertility.