Sperm cell, artwork

Sperm cell, artwork

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Credit: FRANCIS LEROY, BIOCOSMOS/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption: Sperm cell. Artwork showing the structure of a sperm cell, or spermatozoon, the male sex cell. It consists of a tapered head (red) that contains the genetic material, a basal body (top right) that contains mitochondria that provide energy for the cell, and a tail (centre and bottom) that beats to propel the sperm. A sperm's tail's ability to move is partly due to the arrangement of microtubules (part of the cell's cytoskeleton, green) within the tail. The microtubules are arranged in a central axoneme with two central single microtubules and nine peripheral double microtubules. Surrounding the microtubules are dense fibres (blue and orange), which provide rigidity and protection to the tail.

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