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Perfect date-the review of current research into molecular bases of mammalian fertilization



Year of publication 2020
Type Article in Periodical
Magazine / Source Journal of Assisted Reproduction and Genetics
MU Faculty or unit

Faculty of Medicine

Keywords Fertilization; In vitro fertilization; Gamete biology; Human reproduction
Description Fertilization is a multistep process during which two terminally differentiated haploid cells, an egg and a sperm, combine to produce a totipotent diploid zygote. In the early 1950s, it became possible to fertilize mammalian eggs in vitro and study the sequence of cellular and molecular events leading to embryo development. Despite all the achievements of assisted reproduction in the last four decades, remarkably little is known about the molecular aspects of human conception. Current fertility research in animal models is casting more light on the complexity of the process all our lives start with. This review article provides an update on the investigation of mammalian fertilization and highlights the practical implications of scientific discoveries in the context of human reproduction and reproductive medicine.
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