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Y chromosome deficiency increases the risk of disease

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Men who have lost the Y chromosome in a proportion of their blood cells are at higher risk of certain diseases.

About 20 percent of men over 80 suffer from the loss of the Y chromosome in a proportion of blood cells, according to a press release.

Women do not have a Y chromosome.

The researchers hope that in future it should be possible to do a test to detect Y chromosome has been lost for identifying men at higher risk.

The study was conducted on over 3200 men aged 37-96 years, and the results published in the American Journal of Human Genetics.

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