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BuzzFeed Science had the opportunity to chat about semen with Dr. It turns out semen is pretty freaking baller, and we have the facts to prove it. Spermatazoa, or sperm, is the name given to the reproductive cell that looks like a tadpole.
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Using 3-D imaging, researchers have discovered a helix structure. The find could help develop drugs for male infertility, or contraception. Ah, the human sperm.
That affects everything about the cell, especially the way it looks—a bit like a really skinny tadpole. But the rest of the cell is a long whippy tail, ideal for taking it places. Over a period of about a month, a spermatid completely reorganizes itself.
Jacob Dunn does not work for, consult, own shares in or receive funding from any company or organisation that would benefit from this article, and has disclosed no relevant affiliations beyond their academic appointment. Republish our articles for free, online or in print, under Creative Commons licence. Most people probably think of sperm as the microscopic tadpole-like things wriggling around in human semen.
NCBI Bookshelf. Figure 2. Let us look at this life cycle in a bit more detail. First, in most frogs, gametogenesis and fertilization are seasonal events for this animal, because its life depends upon the plants and insects in the pond where it lives and on the temperature of the air and water.
Sometimes the things you'd never bring up in polite company are the most interesting. Case in point: semen. It's one of those sex -related subjects that's shrouded in so much mystery, it becomes even more intriguing.