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A glowing discovery

Posted by Carren |

My sister, the science researcher, would be proud of me for filing this story. Whew! I love science, but it really takes patience and dedication to tease out evolutionary tales day in and out, one little step (or sperm) at a time.

Using glow-in-the-dark sperm, Syracuse University researchers discover the combative nature among sperm cells.

Text by: Carren Jao

Research at Syracuse University has shed light — literally — on the battle among sperm cells from the time of insemination to fertilization.

In an article published in April's Science magazine, an international weekly science journal, SU biology professors John Belote and Scott Pitnick and research associate Mollie Manier show that war is constantly brewing among sperm cells by using glow-in-the-dark sperm inseminated in female fruit flies. [read more]


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