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Recent Examples on the Web This method is faster than those that involve altering sperm or egg cells. Simon Makin, Scientific American, "From Hamsters to Baboons: The Animals Helping Scientists Understand the Coronavirus," 14 May 2020 Telomerase is an important tool for cells that divide frequently—like blood cells, the lining of our digestive systems, or sperm and egg cells. Katherine Ellen Foley, Quartz, "10 years after the Nobel Prize, telomeres are still a murky lead in longevity research," 19 Dec. 2019 But when the insertion of a retrovirus occurs in a sperm or an egg cell, the change can become permanent, passed on forever. James Gorman, New York Times, "A Virus in Koala DNA Shows Evolution in Action," 10 Oct. 2019 But the vast majority of cells (save for red blood cells, sperm or egg cells, and cells along parts of the digestive tract) have the gene switched permanently off. Katherine Ellen Foley, Quartz, "A biotech startup thinks its idea could cure dementia—but scientists have their doubts," 14 Jan. 2020 Sabah environment minister Christinia Liew visited Jakarta in August of this year to continue the conversation, and reports suggested that Indonesia had finally agreed to try IVF with Malaysian egg cells. Katie Palmer, Quartz, "Sumatran rhinos are one step closer to total extinction," 24 Nov. 2019 But despite the growths in her uterus, caretakers were still able to extract some of her egg cells with help from scientists from Germany’s Leibniz Institute for Zoo and Wildlife Research. Katie Palmer, Quartz, "Sumatran rhinos are one step closer to total extinction," 24 Nov. 2019 In theory, sperm and egg cells can be united to produce embryos, which can be implanted into closely related southern white rhino females, serving as surrogate mothers. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Saving rhinos with stem cells; $5.5 billion stem cell ballot measure readied," 12 Oct. 2019 Cesare Galli and his team extracted five immature egg cells from each of the remaining females, Najin and Fatu, who live at a conservancy in Kenya. Washington Post, "Scientists succeed in creating northern white rhino embryos," 12 Sep. 2019

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1880, in the meaning defined above

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“Egg cell.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 31 Oct. 2020.

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: a female reproductive cell of animals and plants that can unite with a sperm cell to form a new individual

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