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The Great Sperm Race

Sperm are remarkable cells. They have but one aim – to penetrate the female reproductive tract and deliver a genetic payload to the egg. Of the many millions that start that journey, only a handful will get even close and the rest will fall by the wayside. Unfortunately for some men, infertility results because they either produce too few sperm or their sperm are defective in some way. Whilst high tech laboratory procedures can give sperm a helping hand, we cannot yet correct underlying problems of sperm production. Allan Pacey, Senior Lecturer in Andrology at the University of Sheffield will give an overview of current research on sperm biology and male infertility as well as a discussion of the many legal, social and ethical issues it raises.
Dr Allan Pacey | 11 June 2012 19:00