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Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Presents a method for estimating sperm quality with a smartphone


A group of Japanese and American researchers have created a mobile app through which man can alone in the home to assess the activity of their own sperm. The authors suggest that it will allow humanity to move forward in the fight against male infertility.


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According to experts, represent a Japanese Medical University of Doccia and the University of Illinois at Chicago, the app will primarily be interested in men who are unable to conceive a child, but don’t feel ready to go with this problem to doctors. In order to test yourself by using the developed program also requires a powerful microscope, able to zoom in up to 555 times, which is placed on the smartphone camera and has already sold in Japan at affordable prices.

To use the application, one should apply a small amount of sperm on the surface of the microscope, then the camera smartphone will record video with a length of several seconds, the analysis of which will enable to assess the activity of sperm. Although it is not possible to automatically evaluate the ability of sperm to fertilize eggs or not helping in any direct way, in many cases the information received will be enough to understand the problem and need to seek help, say the biologists.

Experts say that during testing, the app showed the same effectiveness as the average of laboratory equipment.

Scientists believe that their invention can be useful in countries such as Japan, where the issue of male infertility is quite acute, and in poor States where such an app could be a more affordable alternative to visit a specialist.

About your development biologists told at the last Helsinki meeting of the European society of human reproduction and embryology human. The results presented in the article, published in the journal Fertility and sterility.

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