-- Ernie P.
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Date: Fri, 24 Oct 1997 16:13:04 -0400 (EDT)
Subject: Male Housekeeping Genes Discovered
Male Housekeeping Genes Discovered
(Reuters) - The Y chromosome was once thought to be a "functional
wasteland" - a carrier of male-determining genes and not much
else. Now researchers have found 12 new genes that suggest that
the Y chromosome also carries a second group of important genes
known as "housekeeping" genes in addition to those that control
gender and fertility, according to a report in Science.
Unfortunately, those housekeeping genes govern the regular
functions of individual cells - they do not stimulate a man to
scrub the toilet or tidy up the house.