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Gametes: The Spermatozoon, sperm, infertility, by J. G. Grudzinskas, J. L. Yovich

Gametes: The Spermatozoon

by J. G. Grudzinskas (Editor), J. L. Yovich (Editor)

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Format: Paperback, 1st ed., 316pp. 
ISBN: 0521479967
Publisher: Cambridge University Press 
Pub. Date: January 1994

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Book Description

Providing a wide-ranging analysis of the gametes and their reproductive role in humans, this text includes a detailed account of the spermatozoon. It contains particularly helpful information on male infertility and its treatment for clinicians and scientists.

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Deals w/tests of sperm function / the sperm cell-genetic aspects / etc

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This volume, and its companion volume on the oocyte, provide an authoritative and wide-ranging account of the gametes and their reproductive role and function in humans. Acknowledged authorities from around the world provide a detailed and timely account of the spermatozoon. The volume starts with an evolutionary perspective before focusing on the molecular and cellular biology of the sperm cell and its structure and function. The development and maturation of sperm are described and also their movement and transport in the male and female genital tracts. Practical issues such as sperm storage, and assisted conception are also fully covered. The causes of male infertility are also an important theme. The volume concludes with a thought-provoking chapter on ethical consideration. The volume will be an essential source of information for all clinicians and scientists with an interest in human reproduction.

Table of Contents

List of Contributors

Editors' preface

1 Evolution of human gametes - spermatozoa   1

2 The mammalian sperm surface - molecular and cellular aspects   20

3 Sperm structure and function   45

4 Tests of sperm function   70

5 The sperm cell - genetic aspects   104

6 The motility of human spermatozoa before and after capacitation   122

7 Post-testicular sperm maturation and transport in the excurrent ducts   140

8 Sperm transport in the female genital tract   157

9 Clinical disorders affecting semen quality   175

10 Sperm storage   192

11 Cell biology of human spermatozoa   206

12 Sperm antibodies: of formation and significance   238

13 Spermatogenesis   250

14 Sperm preparation for assisted conception   268

15 Bioethics and the spermatozoon: reproductive destiny   282

Index   307

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