Gene that unlocks puberty named 'Harry Potter'
October 22, 2003 at 10:39 PM ET
Wizard News (via Financial Times)
[The gene, now called GPR54] receives a hormone from the brain and triggers a complex biochemical process that leads eventually to production of sex steroids from the testes and ovaries.
"As it turned out, Peter Pan would have been a better name," said Dr. Samuel Aparicio, chief scientist of Paradigm. Mice in which the Harry Potter gene was inactivated failed to undergo the sexual maturation that normally occurs at puberty.
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