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Human sperm gene is 600 million years old, scientists discover

July 15

Just as styles in sexy clothes or fashion change from year to year and culture to culture, “sexy” genes, or genes specific to sex, also change rapidly. But there is one sex-specific gene so vital, its function has remained unaltered throughout evolution and is found in almost all animals, according to new research from Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine.

The gene, called Boule, is responsible for sperm production. Northwestern scientists also discovered in their research that Boule appears to be the only gene known to be exclusively required for sperm production from an insect to a mammal.

“This is the first clear evidence that suggests our ability to produce sperm is very ancient, probably originating at the dawn of animal evolution 600 million years ago,” said Eugene Xu, assistant professor of obstetrics and gynecology at Feinberg. “This finding suggests that all animal sperm production likely comes from a common prototype.”

via Human sperm gene is 600 million years old, scientists discover.

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  1. oleshep permalink
    July 16 2:03 pm

    This just adds to the ‘possibility’ that some form of highly evolved and very intelligent life could easily have risen to prominence, existed for a few million years, then destroyed itself or was destroyed by a cosmic event and let the dinosaurs take over for awhile. Far fetched? Perhaps but Machael Cremo’s book “Forbidden Archaeology” points up quite a few unexplainable anomalies in our archaeological record that could be explained by the existence of a previous civilization. Time and the ever changing topography and geography of our planet could easily have erased nearly every trace of a previous intelligent life form that may have been capable of creating a form of civilization and even some very advanced technology.

    • July 16 4:50 pm

      That is an interesting idea, but it exists in the realm of science fiction until some evidence supports it.

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