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Research article - Peer-reviewed, 2003

Laboratory semen assessment and prediction of fertility: still utopia?

Rodriguez-Martinez H


Finding a laboratory test reliable enough to predict the potential fertility of a given semen sample or a given sire for artificial insemination (AI) is still considered utopian, as indicated by the modest correlations seen between results obtained in vitro and field fertility. Male fertility is complex, and depends upon a heterogeneous population of spermatozoa interacting at various levels of the female genital tract, the vestments of the oocyte, and the oocyte itself. For this reason, laboratory assessment of semen must include the testing of most sperm attributes relevant for fertilization and embryo development, not only in individual spermatozoa but within a large sperm population as well. Strategies for the discovery of in vitro predictors of semen fertility require evaluations of low sperm doses for AI, so that differences in innate in vivo fertility can be accurately detected

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Reproduction in Domestic Animals
2003, volume: 38, number: 4, pages: 312-318

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Rodriguez, Heriberto
Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, Department of Clinical Sciences

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