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The future of medical treatment may rest in gene therapy. Scientists at the European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL) in Heidelberg, Germany and the Medical Research Council's National Institute for Medical Research (NIMR) at Mill Hill, UK have discovered a specific gene located on a non-sex chromosome in female mice which if turned off causes cells in the ovaries to convert to cells normally found in the testes. If this line of research could be applied to humans the potential is there for male testes or female ovaries to self produce the hormone needed for feminization or masculization to occur.