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Coloured SEM of human sperm cells

Coloured SEM of human sperm cells

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Human sperm. Coloured Scanning Electron Micrograph (SEM) of human sperm cells (spermatozoa). Sperm are the motile male sex cells produced in the testis. Each sperm is about 65 micrometers long and broadly divided into a round head, neck and tail regions. The pear-shaped head contains the nucleus and genetic material of the male needed to fertilize the female egg (ovum). The head is join- ed to the tail by a short neck. The sperm's tail enables it to swim by whiplash movements, an action that propels it to reach the ovum. The 3 millilitres of semen ejaculated by a man contain 200-300 million sperm. Magnification unknown.

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