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The Formation of Gametes

  • D. J. Begley
  • J. A. Firth
  • J. R. S. Hoult
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Abstract

The central event of sexual reproduction in man is the fusion of a sperm with an egg. Sperms and eggs are collectively described as gametes, and are specialised cells in which recombination and halving of the genetic material has taken place by a special sequence of cell division called meiosis.

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Further reading

  1. Bloom, W. and Fawcett, D. W. (1968). A Textbook of Histology, 9th edn, Saunders, Philadelphia, pp. 685–706 and 728–736Google Scholar
  2. Greep, R. O. and Koblinsky, M. A. (eds.) (1977). Frontiers in Reproduction and Fertility Control, MIT Press, chaps. 27 ‘Spermatogenesis’, 28 ‘Ultrastructure and functions of the Sertoli cell’ and 31 ‘The structure of the spermatozoon’Google Scholar

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© D. J. Begley, J. A. Firth and J. R. S. Hoult 1980

Authors and Affiliations

  • D. J. Begley
    • 1
  • J. A. Firth
    • 2
  • J. R. S. Hoult
    • 1
  1. 1.King’s CollegeLondonUK
  2. 2.St George’s Hospital Medical SchoolLondonUK

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