Study in fruit flies identifies a mutation in mitochondria — the energy factories of our cells — that harms males but not females
Aug. 2, 2016
| By Rachel Tompa / Fred Hutch News Service
For the first time, evolutionary biologists at Fred Hutch have identified a "Mother's Curse" mutation - a genetic change harmful to males but not females - in animals. The mutation renders male fruit flies sterile but leaves female flies untouched.
Drs. Harmit Malik and Mia Levine on a male fruit fly protein necessary for embryo survival
July 7, 2015
| By Dr. Rachel Tompa / Fred Hutch News Service
Gestation has traditionally been viewed as the mother’s domain, with dad doing little more than depositing his half of the genome. Now, a new study in fruit flies pinpoints a protein in sperm that regulates embryos’ earliest cell divisions.