'Sparks' at conception could revolutionize IVF techniques
For the first time ever, scientists have captured images of the flash of light that sparks at the very moment a human sperm cell makes contact with an egg. The phenomenon has been observed in animals before, but no one’s ever seen the spark of human conception. And what’s even more incredible is the fact that some eggs burn brighter than others, which is a direct indication of their ability to develop into a healthy embryo, a team from Northwestern University found. For couples relying on IVF treatments, that’s huge, because around 50 percent of fertilised eggs do not develop properly due to some kind of unavoidable genetic mix-up.
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