|2020-07-29 ||The Y chromosome may contribute to sex-specific ageing in Drosophila |
Emily J Brown, Alison H Nguyen, Doris Bachtrog
Recommended by Gabriel Marais, Jean-François Lemaitre and Cristina Vieira
Y chromosome makes fruit flies die younger
In most animal species, males and females display distinct survival prospect, a phenomenon known as sex gap in longevity (SGL, Marais et al. 2018). The study of SGLs is crucial not only for having a full picture of the causes underlying organisms’ health, aging and death but also to initiate the development of sex-specific anti-aging interventions in humans (Austad and Bartke 2015). Three non-mutually evolutionary causes have been proposed to underlie SGLs (Marais et al. 2018). First, SGLs...