DRESDEN, GERMANY - Men who are having trouble conceiving, might soon be able to get a little extra push from science.
One of the main causes of male infertility is low sperm motility, or in other words bad swimmers. Now, a group of German scientists have developed a possible solution to help these sluggish sperm, that can literally drive them to their final destination."Spermbots" are teeny tiny micro motors that screw themselves onto the tail of a drowning sperm. Once in position, the turbo charged sex cell takes off for the ride of its life!
The microscopic metal coil is powered by a magnetic field and directed via remote-control, to propel the poor swimmers toward the egg. Once the warhead is delivered, the "bot" backs out and slips off the sperm. The test runs have only occurred inside of petri dish so far, but researchers hope to one day try out the Spermbots inside a human subject.
This motorized method can one day offer an alternative to infertility treatments, like artificial insemination and in-vitro fertilization, which only have about a 30% success rate. Maybe this new research will be enough to boost those numbers higher. What a stroke of genius.