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ra0003o033 | Oral Communications 4: Early Development 2 | SRF2016

Spermbots: Magnetic microrobots that assist sperm cells on their journey, opening new routes to assisted reproduction

Schwarz Lukas , Medina-Sanchez Mariana , Magdanz Veronika , Schmidt Oliver G.

Introduction: The interdisciplinary field of microrobotics recently sparked interest especially in potential applications of mobile microscale devices that can operate remotely-controlled inside the human body. This study presents an approach towards such an application, namely assisted reproduction with the help of tiny sperm carriers, so-called spermbots. Spermbots are synthetic tubes or helices that couple to single sperm cells and assist their movement by providing guidanc...