Germans Develop Motorized Spermbots To Solve Male Infertility Issues

Germans Develop Motorized Spermbots To Solve Male Infertility Issues

Published: 31-Jul-2020 | Published By: Market Research Store

A group of German researchers have developed tiny robots that can help sperm speed up its mobility as it is one of the common causes of infertility in men. The researchers are currently working toward testing their lab work inside the human body. This new study could be the biggest breakthrough for couples struggling to start a family. The spermbots are tiny metal helixes that can easily wrap around the tail of single sperm and help it move faster toward the egg. These spermbots use magnetic field to power themselves and reach their target. The bots are designed such that once the sperm is embedded into the egg the metal casing reverses its direction to be detached.

Even though the study is still in the initial stages the new spermbots seems theoretically effective and a feasible alternative to artificial insemination and other in-vitro fertilization techniques. This study has been published in the journal Nano Letters. The potent, controllable, and non-harmful 3D motion behavior of the metal-coated polymer microhelices makes it a suitable option for this task. Despite all the shortcomings there is still some hope that the artificially motorized sperms could help work toward potentials of assisted reproduction.

The 50 Microns long bots are just 5–8 Microns in diameter that are made using iron and titanium nanoparticles, which are likely to find a wider application in the long run. The latest hybrid approach will definitely lead the way in creating potential robotic microsystems. At present, the researchers are working on improving the direction control of these spermbots, checking the interaction with immune system, and also advancing its micromotor build-up. This is a promising start.

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