Fine-scale structure of egg crucial for fertility

The shape of a protein that forms a key coating on an egg provides an atomic view of conception

12:14pm, December 3, 2008

If fertility had a shape, this would be it.

Scientists have figured out the exact shape of part of a protein that sits on the outside of the egg and aids in fertilization. The results, which may ultimately lead to new contraceptives and treatments for infertility, appear in the Dec. 4 Nature.

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