About the Authors

Viola Grugni, Vincenza Battaglia, Baharak Hooshiar Kashani, Silvia Parolo, Nadia Al-Zahery, Anna Olivieri, Francesca Gandini, Antonio Torroni, Ornella Semino
Dipartimento di Biologia e Biotecnologie, Università di Pavia, Pavia, Italy

Alessandro Achilli
Dipartimento di Biologia Cellulare e Ambientale, Università di Perugia, Perugia, Italy

Massoud Houshmand, Mohammad Hossein Sanati
Department of Medical Genetics, National Institute of Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology, Tehran, Iran

Ornella Semino
Centro Interdipartimentale “Studi di Genere”, Università di Pavia, Pavia, Italy

Corresponding Author

ornella.semino@unipv.it

Competing Interests

The authors have declared that no competing interests exist.

Author Contributions

Conceived and designed the experiments: OS AT VG. Performed the experiments: VG SP VB NAZ FG. Analyzed the data: VG BHK AA AO OS. Contributed reagents/materials/analysis tools: OS AT AA AO. Wrote the paper: VG OS AT. Performed the sample collection: BHK MHS MH. Discussed the results and commented on the manuscript: VG VB BHK SP NAZ AA AO FG MH MHS AT OS.