Jackson lab scientists receive $8.2M grant to study sperm-egg genetics

10/25/2013 | Bangor Daily News (Maine) (free registration)

A team of researchers at the Jackson Laboratory in Bar Harbor, Maine, will study recombination -- how sperm cells and eggs develop genetically unique profiles -- thanks to an $8.2 million grant from the National Institute of General Medical Sciences. "Recombination makes every sperm or egg genetically different from the rest. These differences are what make all of us -- except identical twins, which come from the same sperm and egg -- a genetically unique individual," said Ken Paigen, who is leading the research team.

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