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Male Fertility: New Test Can Determine if Sperm is Functioning Properly

by Dr. Holly Phillips,  CBS,  Mar 13, 2009

Getting pregnant isn't easy for some couples. It can come down to getting a lot of medical help and spending a lot of money. Most of the time the focus is on what's wrong with the woman. But sperm is 50 percent of the embryo and male DNA makes up part of the embryo, so as much attention needs to be paid to the male side of the equation.

New tests can identify whether a male may have a problem with his DNA. One such test is the sperm DNA decondensation test in which egg extract is mixed with a man's sperm and then doctors look at the rate in which the tightly compacted DNA in the sperm expands.

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