Motorized sperms to reach their destination faster
Scientists have created a Robotic sperm ! I bet your reactions are like “What the heck is this?” but believe me its true.
Sounds like it is out of a comic book but it is actually true.
It is not actually a robotic sperm we can say but for a special circumstance in which the sperms can not move on their own, this is a little nano corkscrew like device that actually wraps around the tail of the sperm, picks it up and carries over to the egg where detaches and then slips off.
So it is picking up and successfully drops them off, it is like taxi service for the sperms 😉
There is a specific kind of condition we are looking at in which there are sperms they alive but do not moving, in most cases they are not moving because they are dead. They got to be alive to be able to get it’s DNA to the egg’s DNA.
Scientists in Germany have already proved and tested his with the sperms of a cow in their laboratories and they are looking forward to test it on human sperms in future. Researcher of Institute for Integrative Nanosciences in Dresden, Lukas Schwarz has explained the working of these motors or-‘Spermbots’ they call it. Helices(the tails)- a diameter of only four thousands of a millimeter and covered by magnetic metal layer are wide enough to fit around sperm body.
Mr. Schwarz said, “The helices will follow the rotation of the external fieldand thus travel through the surrounding fluid like a corkscrew. Since we can alter the axis of rotation of the external magnetic field, we can also control the direction of moment of the helices. In other words, we can steer them. In our labs, we managed to steer the helices to make them capture sperm cells and transport them to an egg cell.”
Couples struggling to conceive could one day get a little help with this. Males who suffer from low motility may get a help by ICSI – injection of sperm directly into the egg-that may be little expensive, also female must go through the treatment of putting their embryo in place. So the motorised sperms could become better alternative.
The leading sperm doctor, Allan Pacey of Sheffield University said, “I’m quite intrigued by what these researchers have done, and although I can’t see its immediate clinical application, I think it’s worth pursuing.”
To understand it more you can watch the video on Youtube.
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