Fertilization describes the form and function of sperm and oocytes, from how gametes are made to the mechanisms involved in their interaction and how the blueprint of the early embryo unfolds. The initial chapters cover basic biological processes, including the cell cycle, ionic regulation, metabolism, polarization, and intracellular signalling, all of which are central to understanding gamete behavior. The main section deciphers the spatial and temporal complexity of fertilization using examples from across the animal kingdom. The final section describes alternative ways of reproduction and how knowledge from gamete biology is used in reproductive technologies. Enhanced throughout with high-quality illustrations and comprehensive reference lists, this is essential reading for students of biology, veterinary science and medicine; embryologists; and reproductive medicine and ART practitioners.
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