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KU prof sounds off on sperm in NYT


¢ Joseph Tash, a KU Medical Center researcher and expert on male fertility, is quoted in a [New York Times][1] Father's Day article on sperm. The story is titled, "Sperm - Sleek Fast and Focused: The Cells that Make Dad Dad."We are fast approaching Father's Day, the festive occasion on which we plague Dad with yet another necktie or collect phone call and just generally strive to remind the big guy of the central verity of paternity - that it's a lot more fun to become a father than to be one. "I won't lie to you," said the great Homer Simpson. "Fatherhood isn't easy like motherhood."__Yet in our insistence that men are more than elaborately engineered gamete vectors, we neglect the marvels of their elaborately engineered gametes. As the scientists who study male germ cells will readily attest, sperm are some of the most extraordinary cells of the body, a triumph of efficient packaging, sleek design and superspecialization.¢ Sally Mason, who recently was turned down as president of Purdue University, is a finalist to be president at the University of Iowa, the [Iowa City Press-Citizen][2] reports. Mason, currently Purdue's provost, was a longtime KU faculty member and administrator. [1]: http://www.nytimes.com/2007/06/12/science/12angi.html?_r=1&oref=slogin [2]: http://www.press-citizen.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20070612/NEWS01/706120310/1079


minko224 10 years, 4 months ago

The subject matter, in this context, is perfectly fine and is deemed fit for all to read. But in many other contexts the same subject matter is taboo or rated X.

anniepema 10 years, 4 months ago

It is the mutated DNA in the genes of the so called perfect sperm of an older fathers that can fertilize an egg that causes most of the genetic diseases that plague mankind. Non-familial, sporadic autism, type 1 diabetes, schizophrenia, MS, Alzheimer's, prostate cancer and some breast cancers increase in incidence with the increasing age of the father at the conception of the child. There is a male biological clock and by 33 mutation in sperm stem cells are rapidly increasing, and the "perfect" sperm Dr. Fisch is quoted as saying that can fertilize eggs are not so Perfect. In fact some mutated sperm are preferred in Apert's syndrome and achondroplasia for example. Dr. Fisch knows this part of biology very well so I think the quote was taken out of context. Read the male biological clock blogspot if you are interested. Thanks

b_asinbeer 10 years, 4 months ago

Rated X? Wow...you must be going way back in the ratings. Try NC-17 for a change. :o)

By the way, thanks for pointing out your last sentence, if you hadn't said it, we wouldn't have noticed it...

minko224 10 years, 4 months ago

This subject goes back to the beginning of time. Way back when the you know what atoza roamed the earth searching for that long lost rib.

Ragingbear 10 years, 4 months ago

NYT, doesn't that stand for New York Toast?

minko_mirror 10 years, 4 months ago

Mercy, Minko, you certainly get around! Between searching for Anglo-based linguistic frivolity and posting 36 times per day around these parts, it's a wonder your cats ever get fed!

sourpuss 10 years, 4 months ago

I thought it was the New York Transit. Anyone who's been on the subway will know what I am talking about...

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