Are Sperm a Living Creature?

Depree, Jonathan A depreej at lincoln.ac.nz
Tue Jan 7 09:19:51 EST 1997


In article <WYv65DAginzyEwa5 at kpcs.demon.co.uk> Penny Parkinson <prp at kpcs.demon.co.uk> writes:
>From: Penny Parkinson <prp at kpcs.demon.co.uk>
>Subject: Re: Are Sperm a Living Creature?
>Date: Sat, 4 Jan 1997 15:34:56 +0000

>In article <01bbf956$703efb20$5e09348d at ifiabio1>, David Moss
><david.moss at ifia.fzk.de> writes
>>
>>
>>They don't feed,
>....

>However they do use sugars as an energy source, so they could be said to
>feed, since they must absorb the sugars prior to respiration.

And they have a mitochondrion-like structure called a kinetoplast, this allows 
them to use the sugars they absorb. Otherwise they wouldn't be able to propell 
themselves all the way to the fallopian tubes where fertilisation takes place.

They are definitely alive.


Jonathan Depree,
Lincoln University, P.O. Box 84, Canterbury, New Zealand.

Socrates was a famous Greek Teacher who went around giving
people advice. They killed him.   (school history howler)



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