Fertilisation

UK gives go-ahead to three-parent fertilisation to avoid incurable inherited diseases

UK gives go-ahead to three-parent fertilisation to avoid incurable inherited diseases

The Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority gave the green light to the treatment using DNA from three progenitors (two women, one man) to prevent children being born with deadly genetic illnesses, EFE news reported.

Dec 16, 2016, 08:29 AM IST

Sperm carry tiny harpoons for fertilisation

A protein that acts like a tiny harpoon to allow the sperm to latch onto the egg and fertilise it has been discovered by researchers, including those of Indian-origin.

Aug 30, 2015, 19:34 PM IST

'Sparks fly' when egg meets sperm

A new study has revealed that a fertilized mammalian egg releases from its surface billions of zinc atoms in "zinc sparks," one wave after another.

Dec 19, 2014, 19:14 PM IST

Single protein behind successful fertilisation

An international team of researchers has discovered how a single protein oversees the processing of DNA during sperm and egg generation for successful fertilisation.

Oct 25, 2014, 16:56 PM IST

'Ancient fish pioneered penetrative sex'

Sexual intercourse was pioneered by a group of unsightly, long-extinct fish about 385 million years ago in Scotland, Australian scientists have reported.

Oct 20, 2014, 14:24 PM IST

Synthetic sperm protein to treat male infertility

In a new hope for couples affected by infertility, researchers have come up with a method for treating male infertility using a synthetic version of the sperm-originated protein known as PAWP.

Aug 12, 2014, 14:45 PM IST

Fertility clinic in Japan uses sperm from kins in IVF

To help married couples conceive, a fertility clinic in central Japan has been conducting in-vitro fertilisation (IVF) using sperms from close relatives, including father of the husbands, resulting in 118 babies between 1996 and 2013.

Jul 28, 2014, 19:24 PM IST

Sperm cells `extremely efficient at swimming against current`

Researchers have said that sperm cells are extremely efficient at swimming against the current.

May 28, 2014, 17:46 PM IST

Oh baby! Scientists find protein that lets egg and sperm hook up

Fertilization takes place when an egg cell and a sperm cell recognize one another and fuse to form an embryo. But how they recognize each other in order to hook up had remained a mystery.

Apr 17, 2014, 01:45 AM IST

Gene which binds egg to sperm `discovered`

Here`s some good news for infertile couples worldwide -- scientists claim to have discovered a new gene which could enable male sperm to bind to a female egg, a process essential to fertilisation.

May 01, 2012, 15:59 PM IST

Gene which binds egg to sperm `discovered`

Here`s some good news for infertile couples worldwide -- scientists claim to have discovered a new gene which could enable male sperm to bind to a female egg, a process essential to fertilisation.

May 01, 2012, 15:59 PM IST

Thank parasites for the joys of sex!

The theory holds that sex evolved because it lets organisms reshuffle their genes into new combinations to stay a step ahead of parasites.

Jul 10, 2011, 00:38 AM IST

Thank parasites for the joys of sex!

The theory holds that sex evolved because it lets organisms reshuffle their genes into new combinations to stay a step ahead of parasites.

Jul 10, 2011, 00:00 AM IST