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Shanghai scientists discover male infertility gene

By Zhou Wenting in Shanghai | | Updated: 2017-05-26 17:46

Scientists in Shanghai have discovered a genetic mutation that causes infertility in some men, raising hopes that a cure may be found.

The discovery was published on Friday in the US peer-reviewed journal

According to Liu Mofang, who led the research team from the Chinese Academy of Sciences’ Institute of Biochemistry and Cell Biology, the mutation affects sperm development, resulting in a reduction in both quantity and quality.

However, the researchers were able to reverse the effect of the mutation in mice using gene therapy, which observers say lays the groundwork for a possible future treatment for affected men.

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