Secret of sperm’s ‘bendy’ tail revealed

Posted on 1 June 2017

Scientists at the University of York have shown that a sperm tail utilises interconnected elastic springs to transmit mechanical information to distant parts of the tail, helping it to bend and ultimately swim toward an egg.

Dr Hermes Gadêlha, mathematical biologist, is part of the team.  

Secret of sperm’s ‘bendy’ tail revealed

The research has already been picked up by media around the world, including India TV News and Inverse.

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The research is published in Journal of the Royal Society Interface.