Scientists Unpick Genetics of First 15 Minutes of Life

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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.

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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

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