How round worms are helping with fertility research

Researchers at C-U are using worms -- to figure out more about fertility in women. It all has to do with the power of proper nutrition.

KUSA - Researchers at CU are using worms to figure out more about fertility in women. It all has to do with the power of proper nutrition.

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Two researchers in CU Boulder’s Department of Molecular, Cellular and Developmental Biology recently published their findings in the journal Cell.

They found that fat levels in tiny round worms can tip the balance between whether the worm makes eggs or sperm. Even though the research was done on worms, the information could affect human fertility. The study found a connection between dietary fat, and reproductive development.

One of the researchers told CU, past studies on rats and humans have found that a high-fat diet is a major cause of puberty in girls.

By studying the worms, it could shed light on an evolutionary standpoint to determine how fat plays a part in reproductive systems. Basically, the test used on worms could translate to other testing used on humans. 

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