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Our diagnosis was azoospermia due to Sertoli cell-only syndrome (which means the testicles fail to produce living sperm cells). Molly Longman, refinery29.com, "I Was Told I'd Never Have A Biological Child. Now I'm Celebrating Father's Day.," 15 June 2019 As the reproductive cells of the body, these can be either egg cells or sperm cells. Carolyn L. Todd, SELF, "Did You Know Dermoid Cysts Can Have Hair, Skin, and TEETH?," 15 Jan. 2019 Pregnancy occurs when a sperm cell fertilizes an ovum that has been released into the Fallopian tubes after ovulation. Shan Boodram, Teen Vogue, "Period Sex 101: Everything You Need to Know," 19 July 2018 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

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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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