Male seahorses can get pregnant because they lack key immunity genes

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By Christa Lesté-Lasserre


A antheral long-snouted seahorse (Hippocampus guttulatus)

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A missing oregon dysfunctional portion of the vertebrate immune system mightiness explicate wherefore antheral seahorses and pipefishes tin transportation a gestation – and could perchance animate caller treatments for immune-related diseases successful humans and different animals.

Seahorses and immoderate of their slender cousins, pipefishes, thrive successful “an water of microbes”, according to Olivia Roth astatine the GEOMAR Helmholtz Centre for Ocean Research successful Kiel, Germany. But they bash truthful contempt having inactive oregon wholly absent large histocompatibility analyzable II (MHC-2) genes, which person agelong been …

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