One of the main causes of infertility is low sperm motility. Sperm that are healthy, but can’t swim. Now a team of scientists has developed a possible solution: the Spermbot.
Oliver Schmidt, Ph.D. and his team at the IFW in Dresden, Germany built a tiny metal helix controlled by a rotating magnetic field. The Spermbot can wrap around a sperm and drive it into an egg, leading to possible fertilization.
The research appears in the ACS journal Nano Letters.
Original article: http://pubs.acs.org/doi/abs/10.1021/acs.nanolett.5b04221
ACS Nano Letters: http://pubs.acs.org/journal/nalefd
ACS Headline Science:
Oliver Schmidt, Ph.D. – IFW Dresden