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What is the function of sperm?

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September 30, 2015 7:38PM

The main function of the sperm is to carry the 18,000 male genes to the female's egg. These genes represent the male's contribution to the DNA make-up of the hoped-for baby. The capsule also has a unique surface feature in its membrane which allows it to burrow through the shell of the woman's egg. Using the enzymes that are built into its surface, the sperm cell digests its way through the outer eggshell called the zona pellucida. The sperm cell is then able to enter into the main part of the egg, the ooplasm, achieving successful fertilization.
Swim. Seduce the egg. Assign gender.
Swim. Seduce the egg. Assign gender.