Are Sperm Alive?

GuruBusters terry at
Tue Dec 31 04:55:16 EST 1996

On Sun, 29 Dec 1996 03:27:20 GMT, sidlip at (Sid
Lipkin) wrote:

>Always wondered this...Is human sperm classed as a living creature?

No. However, there are flagellates which are superficially similar.
I'm also not sure what you are asking. Are you asking whether it is
"living" which it obviously is or are you asking whether it is it's
own life form? First is true, second is not true. 

Why don't you ask it?

>  Is there a genus of animals that it belongs to? 

No. Other than as a cell of human/ whatever animal. 

 Can sperm survive
>  outside the human body(in a lab setting)?

Not for long. Maybe on toilet seats, or in swimming pools. 

>   What about anti-bodies?  are they Alive in the sense that we define life?
>     They have a purpose and act according to certain criteria?  is this life?
>  Sorry if this is uneducated...just curious

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