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Insect sperm

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The importance of insect sperm: The black soldier fly The biodiversity and general importance of insects are not generally appreciated. Very few people realize that insects represent about 95% of the Animal Kingdom (AK). In other words all other animal species such as invertebrates including sponges, oysters, mussels, sea urchins, segmented worms, [...]

Great success of the SCA seminar in Algeria – March 20th

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Our distributor in Algeria, W.L.I. ALGERIA, in collaboration with Microptic, organized a SCA® (Sperm Class Analyzer®) CASA System Seminar, on March 18th, in Algiers (Algeria). Around 200 attendants could see the presentations of the lecturers: Dr. Rédha Belala (University of Blida) did the lecture “Computer Assisted Sperm Analysis (CASA): A valuable tool [...]

University of Salento taught a seminar on CASA/SCA – March 17th

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The Dept. of Biology of University of Salento (Italy) organized, in collaboration with NIKON, a seminar on CASA/SCA in a master course on infertility, taught by Prof. Giovanni Aloisio (Full Professor, Computer Engineering, Department of Innovation Engineering, University of Salento). The seminar was held on February 28th and March 1st. The main objective [...]

Penguin sperm

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Sperm of the endangered African penguin and Rockhopper penguin studied The African penguin (Spheniscus demersus) (Fig. 1) is endemic to southern Africa and is classified as endangered on the IUCN Red List. It is also known as the black-footed or jackass penguin because its bray sounds like that of the donkey. There [...]

Training in human semen analysis in April

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Courses: Evaluating Male Fertility Microptic organizes these next trainings in Barcelona: Basic semen assessment course - April, 24th (in English) Where renowned scientists will focus on the standards of basic semen analysis. Download course program here. Advanced computer aided semen analysis course - April, 25th (in English) / April, 26th (in Spanish) [...]

Vitality in brightfield assessment

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BrightVit: a new kit for vitality in brightfield assessment History, physiological basis, current use and importance Fig. 1: Greek Goddess of dawn, Eos (eosin derivation) The word “vitality” (later “viability”) comes from the late 16th century Latin vitalitas which means strong and active, has energy. In sperm biology vitality has [...]

Analyse automatisée du sperme humain

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Retour d’expérience et validation de la méthode d’analyse En 2017 le spermogramme reste un examen incontournable du bilan d’infertilité du couple. Toutefois sa technique de mise en œuvre a peu évolué depuis 30 ans, elle s’appuie sur une analyse manuelle. Le laboratoire Eurofins Biomnis a souhaité s’engager dans une démarche d’automatisation de [...]

Microscopy – part 3

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Importance of microscopy for cell biologists in general and spermatologists specifically Part 2: Specialized microscopic techniques for sperm In the second blog on Microscopy, I indicated that brightfield microscopy, positive and negative phase microscopy and fluorescence microscopy are now routinely used for CASA analysis. Before proceeding to a more detailed discussion of fluorescence microscopy I [...]

1,500 SCA systems installed worldwide – January 17th

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Our company has reasons to celebrate that we have installed 1,500 Sperm Class Analyzer® systems around the world. Microptic was mainly having all their activity in Spain until 2001, where the Export Department was created, allowing the company to expand it. Since then, the company has grown rapidly. The SCA® CASA System is a modular [...]

PUDAC – Delft Animal Centre

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The application of Microptic SCA software in the assessment of non-human primate spermatology in a biomedical research facility The Primate Unit and Delft Animal Centre (PUDAC) of the South African Medical Research Council (SAMRC) is the only facility with established breeding colonies which systematically produce non-human primates for biomedical research. Two popular species are maintained: [...]