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Savas Tasoglu, Hooman Safaee, Xiaohui Zhang, James L. Kingsley, Paolo N. Catalano, Umut Atakan Gurkan, Aida Nureddin, Emre Kayaalp, Raymond M. Anchan, Richard L. Maas, Erkan Tüzel and Utkan Demirci Exhaustion of Racing Sperm in Nature-Mimicking Microfluidic Channels During Sorting Small 9

Article first published online: 16 MAY 2013 | DOI: 10.1002/smll.201300020

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Fertilization is central to the survival and propagation of a species, however, the precise mechanisms that regulate the sperm's journey to the egg are not well understood. In nature, the sperm has to swim through the cervical mucus, akin to a microfluidic channel. Inspired by this, a simple, cost-effective microfluidic channel is designed on the same scale. The experimental results are supported by a computational model incorporating the exhaustion time of sperm.

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