Problems in the analysis of mammalian fertilization

  • David M. Phillips
Part of the Electron Microscopy in Biology and Medicine book series (EMBM, volume 2)


This chapter contains a discussion of some of the problems in interpreting literature dealing with mammalian fertilization from the point of view of the experimental systems which have been employed. The discussion is not meant to be a review of the literature in the field. There are several good reviews of the subject, the most recent of which is an excellent review by Yanagimachi (1). A discussion of experimental systems has been chosen because there is a need to consider the difficulties in comparing experiments on many different systems and interpreting the relevance of experiments carried out on in vitro systems to fertilization in nature.


Zona Pellucida Acrosomal Reaction Sperm Head Epididymal Spermatozoon Sperm Penetration 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • David M. Phillips
    • 1
  1. 1.The Population CouncilNew YorkUSA

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