PUBLICATION - Protein that draws sperm to eggs could unlock new fertility treatments
As many couples trying to conceive will attest, much can go wrong during that fateful meeting ofsperm and egg. Now, scientists have identified a new protein eggs use to draw in sperm, which could one day lead to new fertility treatments and contraceptives.
Fertilization is a long chain of molecular eventsthat need to happen in exactly the right way, in the right order, at the right time, and just one step not going to plan can mean the difference between conception and not. As such, for a large percentage of infertile couples the specific reason cannot be identified.