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Rare and startling film has been captured of a human egg emerging from the ovary.

Posted by on Sep. 17, 2013 at 12:17 PM
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Rare and startling film has been captured of a human egg emerging from the ovary.

Fertile women release one or more eggs every month, but until now, only fuzzy images had been recorded. The new images were taken by accident by gynecologist Jacques Donnez while carrying out a partial hysterectomy on a 45-year-old woman.

The release of an egg was thought to be a sudden event, but the pictures published in New Scientist magazine show it takes over 15 minutes for the translucent yellow sphere to emerge.

“The release of the oocyte (immature egg cell) from the ovary is a crucial event in human reproduction. These pictures are clearly important to better understand the mechanism,” Donnez, from the Catholic University of Louvain in Brussels, said.

Shortly before the egg is released, enzymes break down the tissue in a fluid-filled sac on the surface of the ovary that contains the egg. A reddish protrusion forms and then a hole appears from which the egg emerges.

The egg is surrounded by supporting cells, which protect it as it enters the Fallopian tube on its way to the uterus.

Professor Alan McNeilly, from the Medical Research Council's Human Reproduction Unit in Edinburgh, told the BBC: "It really is a fascinating insight into ovulation, and to see it in real life is an incredibly rare occurrence.

It really is a pivotal moment in the whole process, the beginnings of life in a way."

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-1025956/Pictured-The-moment-human-egg-emerged-ovary.html

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FromAtoZ
by AllieCat on Sep. 17, 2013 at 12:21 PM

That is indeed pretty amazing!

snookyfritz
by Platinum Member on Sep. 17, 2013 at 12:23 PM
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That's amazing.  Thanks for posting it

tscritch
by Silver Member on Sep. 17, 2013 at 12:35 PM
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 Wow! That is super cool!!! It's amazing to me that as far as we've come along medically, how little we know about some things.

Woodbabe
by Woodie on Sep. 17, 2013 at 12:59 PM
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The beginnings of life! Awesome!
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stormcris
by Christy on Sep. 17, 2013 at 1:03 PM
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It looks like Vitamin E and blast those things can hurt.

Sekirei
by Nari Trickster on Sep. 17, 2013 at 1:07 PM

wow.. that is cool

Elyssa414
by Member on Sep. 17, 2013 at 1:10 PM
Interesting!
AlekD
by Gold Member on Sep. 17, 2013 at 1:16 PM
Amazing
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UpSheRises
by Platinum Member on Sep. 17, 2013 at 1:19 PM
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Eh...i'm not amazed. Maybe i'm just crabby today but it feel like it just another gross bodily function.

andreamarie
by New Member on Sep. 17, 2013 at 1:21 PM
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