Jump to ContentJump to Main Navigation
Fear, Wonder, and Science in the New Age of Reproductive Biotechnology$
Users without a subscription are not able to see the full content.

Scott Gilbert and Clara Pinto-Correia

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780231170949

Published to Columbia Scholarship Online: January 2019

DOI: 10.7312/columbia/9780231170949.001.0001

Show Summary Details
Page of

PRINTED FROM COLUMBIA SCHOLARSHIP ONLINE (www.columbia.universitypressscholarship.com). (c) Copyright University of Minnesota Press, 2021. All Rights Reserved. An individual user may print out a PDF of a single chapter of a monograph in CUPSO for personal use.date: 18 September 2021



Two Cells at the Verge of Death Cooperate to Form a New Body That Lasts Decades

(p.35) 3 Fertilization
Fear, Wonder, and Science in the New Age of Reproductive Biotechnology

Scott Gilbert

Columbia University Press

The story of fertilization is often told as man’s story, a race ending in capturing and penetrating an egg. Science finds these stories to be false myths. The female reproductive tract is not a raceway, but an active entity that gives sperm the ability to activate the egg; and the merging of sperm and egg is not done by boring or drilling through the egg, but by the melting of cell membranes so that the two cells become one.

Keywords:   fertilization, sperm, egg, myth, reciprocity, meiosis, ovulation

Columbia Scholarship Online requires a subscription or purchase to access the full text of books within the service. Public users can however freely search the site and view the abstracts and keywords for each book and chapter.

Please, subscribe or login to access full text content.

If you think you should have access to this title, please contact your librarian.

To troubleshoot, please check our FAQs, and if you can't find the answer there, please contact us .