Coloured SEM of human spermatozoa

Coloured SEM of human spermatozoa

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Caption: Sperm cells. Coloured scanning electron micrograph (SEM) of human sperm cells (spermatozoa). These tiny male sex cells are produced in the testes, and are responsible for fertilisation of the female's ovum (egg). Each sperm has a rounded head which contains the male hereditary material (DNA or deoxyribonucleic acid) and a long, whip-like tail that propels it along. Sperm production commences at puberty and is dependent on the male sex hormone testosterone. Some 300 million sperm are released by the male during ejaculation, while the human female usually produces one large egg at a time. Only one sperm cell can fertilise the egg. Magnification: x900 at 6x7cm size. x3100 at 7.5x9.5".

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Keywords: anatomy, human, human body, images, magnified image, microscopic photos, reproduction, reproductive system, sperm, sperm cell, spermatozoa, subjects

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