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UCSF Researchers Perform First Electrical Recordings of Human Sperm
UC San Francisco biologists Yuriy Kirichok and Polina Lishko have made a name for themselves recording the electrical currents that course through, yes, sperm cells. Their work is not only offering new hope to infertile couples, but also may lead one day to an effective male birth control pill. Sperm donated by healthy dads -- that guarantees no fertility problems -- go under the microscope, where the scientists carefully break the cells' outer membranes to measure the electrical currents within. The goal is eventually to understand sperm biology as well as we understand the female reproductive system.