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Gene found that controls postnatal male/female development

PostPosted: Mon Dec 13, 2010 1:58 pm
by Coda
I'll just let the article speak for itself.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/science/scie ... -find.html

Re: Gene found that controls postnatal male/female development

PostPosted: Mon Dec 13, 2010 8:36 pm
by Nick
HOLY SPUMONI
:explode:

Re: Gene found that controls postnatal male/female development

PostPosted: Mon Dec 13, 2010 8:53 pm
by mwchase
My initial reaction was "Dammit reality, stop ripping off sci-fi."

I did some superficial research, and I'll point out that this sounds like a partial kind of thing in mice at the moment. On the other hand, this was pretty damn unexpected. (Remember how it used to be thought that all eggs are formed... was it pre-natally, or just during childhood?) And this is an obvious starting point to helping future generations deal with gender dysphoria. (Though I think the "non-surgical sex change" idea is kind of pushing it. Sounds like a highly unpleasant couple of months.)

Re: Gene found that controls postnatal male/female development

PostPosted: Tue Dec 14, 2010 9:10 am
by Nick
I imagine the effects might be similar to HRT, except without taking pills for the rest of your life. Without a risk of side effects. HRT on autopilot.

Even though it transformed the ovaries of female mice into testes, the mouse's new testes stayed up inside it's body. It didn't grow a penis. The testes even kept producing oocytes as if they were still ovaries.

Body chemistry is the easier to change, in an adult human, than whole organs.

Re: Gene found that controls postnatal male/female development

PostPosted: Tue Dec 14, 2010 12:43 pm
by Anna