Spray of zinc marks fertilization
Outpouring of the metal kicks off embryonic development
By Rachel Ehrenberg, 15:12 PM May 5, 2011
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Sex is often associated with metaphorical fireworks, but there’s a real shower of sparks at the moment of conception. Scientists have witnessed mammalian eggs explosively releasing zinc atoms just after fertilization in a series of brief, intense outbursts that appear to jumpstart embryonic development.
The research, reported in an upcoming ACS Chemical Biology, reveals new details about how a single cell eventually becomes a full-blown organism and highlights that metals ...
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