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feminist science; the sperm and the egg story

Judy E. Stern Judy.E.Stern at DARTMOUTH.EDU
Fri Sep 8 16:36:15 EST 1995

In response to the recent correspondence on sperm-egg interaction, you may want
to make note of the following description which appeared in Discover Magazine
in 1992.
It may, after all, be as accurate as the earlier descriptions.

		"Ah Fertilization- that miraculous process to which we all owe
our existence.  Let's review: First a Wastefully huge swarm of sperm weakly
flops along, its members bumping into walls and flailing aimlessly through
thick strands of mucus.  Eventually, through sheer odds of pinball-like
bouncing more than anything else, a few sperm end up close to an egg.  As they
mill around, the egg selects one and reels it in, pinning it down in spite of
its efforts to escape.  It's no contest really.  The gigantic, hardy egg yanks
this tiny sperm inside, distills out the chromosomes, and sets out to become an
Judy Stern
Dep't of Ob/Gyn
Dartmouth Medical School

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