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Scientists capture most intimate view yet of human conception

June 16, 2016

Globe & Mail | June. 15, 2016

Using high-powered X-rays and sophisticated computer algorithms, two teams of researchers – one based in Canada, one in Japan – have revealed the mysterious connection that allows a human sperm to fasten on to an egg and trigger fertilization. “It will open up a lot of doors,” said Jeffrey Lee, a structural biologist at the University of Toronto who was the senior researcher on the Canadian team. “This is the first time we’ve identified a protein complex linking a human sperm to a human egg.” Read more.