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Spermbots: bionics suits that steer sperms to egg

Apr 18, 2017, 5:24 AM EDT
(Source: Jordan M/flickr)
(Source: Jordan M/flickr)

German scientists are testing a novel technique to address sperm immobility, which is one of the biggest causes of male infertility. The team has developed Spermbots, which are essentially bionic suits, designed to propel immobile sperms towards the egg.

The bionic suits, shaped as metal helixes 50 micron in length and 5-8 microns in diameter, are powered by a controlled magnetic field and show promise as an alternative to expensive procedures such as artificial insemination and in vitro fertilization, writes Science Alert.

Although the new approach needs to be tested in humans, scientists are optimistic that artificial motorization of sperms could boost male fertility through assisted reproduction, eventually helping couples struggling to conceive, notes TNW.

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