sperm cell


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The final cells were large eggs with 23 unpaired chromosomes, ready to fuse with a sperm cell containing a complementary set. Marissa Fessenden, Smithsonian, "Researchers Mature Human Eggs in the Lab for the First Time," 10 Feb. 2018 Technically, this made the babies fraternal triplets fertilized by one sperm cell. Sarah Schreiber, Good Housekeeping, "A Woman "Miraculously" Became Pregnant While She Was Already Expecting," 14 Nov. 2016 Pollen, which carries the sperm cells that allow plant fertilization to take place, is among the most common triggers of seasonal allergies, according to the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America. Brigit Katz, Smithsonian, "Watch This Pine Tree Unleash a Huge, Fluffy Pollen Cloud," 10 May 2018 Chemical and genetic techniques can be used to get embryonic stem cells to turn into any cell type desired, including egg and sperm cells. NBC News, "Scientists use test-tube science to save nearly extinct rhino," 4 July 2018 In addition to experimenting with the hybrid and northern embryos, scientists are working to turn samples of the rhinos’ skin cells into egg and sperm cells. Meilan Solly, Smithsonian, "With Hybrid Embryo, Scientists Are One Step Closer to Saving the Northern White Rhino," 5 July 2018 As a result, the Y chromosome on which sry was located could no longer freely recombine and swap its pieces with its corresponding X chromosome, as the other chromosomal pairs do to freshen things up whenever a new egg or sperm cell is created. Natalie Angier, New York Times, "Secrets of the Y Chromosome," 11 June 2018 In mammals, including humans, fertilization occurs when a sperm cell swims toward and enters an egg cell. Carla Bleiker, USA TODAY, "NASA shoots human sperm into space," 12 Apr. 2018 In December, a group at the Leibniz Institute for Solid State and Materials Research in Germany loaded sperm cells with anti-cancer drugs and fitted them with tiny magnetic harnesses. NBC News, "These tiny robots could be disease-fighting machines inside the body," 30 Mar. 2018

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1851, in the meaning defined above

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: a male reproductive cell of animals and plants that can unite with an egg cell to form a new individual cell

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