Scientists Unpick Genetics of First 15 Minutes of Life
Creation of New Life and Aging
Scientists have identified the gene responsible for controlling a first key step in the creation of new life, according to new research published in the journal Nature.
The gene, known as HIRA, 'chaperones' the early processes that take place once a sperm enters an egg, giving it a crucial role in the most fundamental process in sexually reproducing animals.
The absence or mutation of this gene in the maternal (mother's) genome explains why eggs fail to produce a zygote