Moon news: Sperm remain viable in outer space

In honor of the 50th anniversary of Apollo 11 and humankind’s first steps on the moon, we present this interesting—if still impractical—bit of news, from the European Society of Human Reproduction and Embryology (ESHRE):

Those who see the colonization of space as an answer to the Earth’s ever threatened resources will be reassured to learn that human sperm retains its complete viability within the different gravitational conditions found in outer space. In a study reported at the 35th Annual Meeting of ESHRE, investigators said that the lack of difference in a range of sperm characteristics observed in frozen sperm samples exposed to microgravity and those maintained in ground conditions “open the possibility of safely transporting male gametes to space and considering the possibility of creating a human sperm bank outside Earth.”

Intrigued? You can read more about this study at the ESHRE website.

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