Experts hope to better understand the ‘Y’

August 14, 2008

By Flinn Foundation

[Source: Jack Gillum, Arizona Daily Star] – Perhaps the Y chromosome hasn’t been that interesting until now.

The DNA structure determines sex in humans, but UA researchers, armed with new equipment, are taking their research further. They intend to map the chromosomes of people with distinct ancestries, which researchers call a first-of-its-kind endeavor.

The idea, Arizona Research Laboratories officials say, is to investigate how genes on the chromosome could point out “promising” genetic markers. They’re getting help from $1.8 million worth of instruments to aid in that investigation.

The new work, said ARL Director Michael A. Cusanovich, is to identify genetic combinations that could, among other uses, lead to treatments and curb the progression of certain diseases.