Scientists Are Psyched On New Vid Of Sparks Flying Between Sperms And Eggs
Scientists have developed new images of a phenomenon that occurs during fertilization where sparks literally fly between sperms and eggs. Zinc fireworks, that is.
A study done by researchers at Northwestern University found that moments of conception cause the fireworks — it’s something that had been previously known to take place in animals, but never considered for human babies. The flash happens when sperm enters the egg, triggering a calcium increase, and a subsequent release of zinc (ew). When zinc is released, the chemical binds to small molecules that can be seen on a normal camera microscope.
There’s also, apparently, an “ethically trouble side to the amazing discovery.”
The photos of the flash will help scientists to identify the quality of the egg’s fertility and even the health of the future embryo, according to The Telegraph.
“This means if you can look at the zinc spark at the time of fertilization, you will know immediately which eggs are the good ones to transfer in in vitro fertilization,” Professor Terese Woodrige told the Telegraph. “It’s a way of sorting egg quality in a way we’ve never been able to assess before. “
“To see the zinc radiate out in a burst from each human egg was breathtaking,” she said later. As you can tell, scientists are
jerking off psyched AF on this new discovery. You can see raunchy video for yourself, below.
[H/T The Telegraph]