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False-colour transmission electron micrograph (TEM) of an oocyte (a female sex cell) following its penetration by a single human spermatozoon during fertilisation. The head of the sperm (right) has become detached from its tail (left) and has expanded and become de-condensed. The 23 male chromosomes that were packed into the formerly arrow-shaped head start to relax prior to being united with their counterparts in the female pronuclei. The oocyte now contains two pronuclei, each of 23 chromosomes. Magnification: x1000 at 35mm size.
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