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“The social behavior of sperm is somewhat like the social behavior of humans”

Posted by quirksalight on January 23, 2007

I’m an avid reader of the New York Times as some of y’all may have noticed. There is an interview in this week’s Science Times with Dr. David E. Clapham, titled: “Small Wonders: Understanding the Way of the Warrior Sperm”
He’s a cell biologist, but this article focused on his work on sperm (as you can see by the title), specifically, how the sperm is able to get past the egg’s defensive membrane to fertilize it.
What’s really interesting about this article is the point of male contraception that is brought up, and the problems Dr. Clapham has been having in getting a company interested in developing it. There is a specific target, the ion channel key to powering the little suckers through the egg’s membrane, and a potential market (polls have shown interest by both sexes in a male contraceptive pill – see here ) so why not jump on it? You’d think that this is something that would be easier for the religious right to swallow than the morning after pill; this prevents fertilization from taking place, rather than getting rid of a fertilized egg.


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