Conceiving a baby has been labelled many times as a miraculous process. Out of 50 to 150 million sperms, only 10 reach the finish line with one of them being able to penetrate the egg. But now, scientists may have come closer to understanding this miracle.
British and Japanese researchers have found that the movement of sperms is similar to how magnets project their field and following this "rhythm" helps some sperms complete the journey. They say that knowing this could help them understand why only some of the sperms survive the journey.
"It turns out that a 'simple mathematical formula' explains the rhythmical patterns created," says Dr Gadelha says of the University of York.
The researchers claim that understanding this whole process could help us tackle infertility better. This study was published in the journal Physical Review Letters and adds that the next step is to use the model to predict how large numbers of sperm move.
This correlation between movement of sperms and how magnetic fields are formed was shown by Kyoto University as you can see below:
This isn't the first study where researchers have tried to understand how the whole process of sperms reaching the egg work. With the recent growth in the number of people opting for IVF because of some medical issues, any progress in this field is crucial.
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