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Insect sperm

April 18th, 2017|

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 [...]

Penguin sperm

March 16th, 2017|

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 [...]

Vitality in brightfield assessment

February 15th, 2017|

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 [...]

Analyse automatisée du sperme humain

January 24th, 2017|

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 [...]

Microscopy – part 3

January 20th, 2017|

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 [...]

PUDAC – Delft Animal Centre

December 12th, 2016|

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 [...]

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