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Reprieve for men: Y chromosome is not vanishing

The sex chromosome has been shrinking throughout mammalian evolution, but many of its remaining genes play crucial roles beyond sex determination.

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Fischman, J. Reprieve for men: Y chromosome is not vanishing. Nature (2014).

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