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The human spermatozoon – a stripped down but refined machine

Christopher LR Barratt1*, Vanessa Kay2 and Senga K Oxenham1

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1 Reproductive and Developmental Biology, Maternal and Child Health Science Laboratories, Centre for Oncology and Molecular Medicine, Ninewells Hospital, University of Dundee, Dundee DD1 9SY, UK

2 Assisted Conception Unit, Ninewells Hospital, Dundee DD1 9SY, UK

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Journal of Biology 2009, 8:63  doi:10.1186/jbiol167

Published: 7 August 2009


A recent paper in BMC Developmental Biology describes the development of the annulus of the mouse sperm cell, but much remains to be learnt about sperm cells despite their importance in human fertility.