Scott Roy publishes study on bizarre rodent genetics in Science

Author: Patrick Monahan
May 19, 2021
brown, fluffy rodent
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Open up Scott Roy’s Twitter bio and you’ll see a simple but revealing sentence: “The more I learn the more I’m confused.” Now the rest of the scientific world can share in his confusion. The San Francisco State University associate professor of Biology’s most recent research, published earlier this month in one of the scientific world’s most prestigious journals, catalogues a strange and confounding system of genes in a tiny rodent that scientists have ignored for decades.

“This is basically the weirdest sex chromosome system known to science,” Roy said. “Nobody ordered this.” But he’s serving it anyway.

Read the full article on the SF State News site.