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Fear, Wonder, and Science in the New Age of Reproductive Biotechnology$
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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

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Fertilization

Fertilization

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

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

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Columbia University Press
DOI:10.7312/columbia/9780231170949.003.0003

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

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