BookmarkBookmarkTick

Scientists Create ‘Spermbots’ Because They Want to Make Getting Pregnant Easier

ByKylie McConville
Updated
February 28, 2017
Hero Image
Image: Shutterstock

Thought you’d never see the day we were using remote-controlled sperm to make a baby? Welp, that day has come, friends. Researchers in Germany say that they’ve created remote-controlled sperm that can help more couples conceive.

The " spermbots ," as they’re so affectionately called , are made by catching sperm cells in nanotubes and fabricating them onto a wafer (or a "chip). Once the spermbots have been fed into the tubes, they’re guided by a magnet to the egg, which increases a couple’s chance of getting pregnant.

Up until this point, researchers had only managed to get small groups of cells to cooperate. But with the creation of spermbots (FYI: I will never get tired of saying that), research teams devised a way to get the sperm to feed through to the egg. The nanotubes (made from iron and titanium nanoparticles) are designed with one end of each tube slightly narrower than the other so that the sperm swims into the wider end and then gets trapped. Since they’re headfirst in the tube, their whip-like tail propels them toward the egg.

So, what the hell does that really mean? It basically means that scientists have one-upped sperm at its own game. They’ve used sperms speed to their advantage so that the tail of the sperm actually does the electrical work in order to get them from the wide part of the nanotube through to the small end and straight to your eggs. The end goal stays the same: To get more couples pregnant.

Honestly, while the procedure seems a little wacky, the invention could make infertile couples’ dreams of starting a family a reality. And anything that makes that possible is something we’re definitely rooting for!

Would you consider a Spermbot Procedure?

Related Video
couple laughing and looking at each other

How to Get Pregnant Fast

profile picture of Stacey Feintuch
Stacey Feintuch
Contributing Writer
young woman smiling coyly and and walking through city streets

8 Signs of Fertility to Look for Each Month

profile picture of Temeka Zore, MD
Temeka Zore, MD
OB-GYN and Infertility Specialist

10 Things to Avoid When Trying to Conceive

profile picture of Temeka Zore, MD
Temeka Zore, MD
OB-GYN and Infertility Specialist
peanut app launches ttc platform

Peanut App Launches TTC Platform to Help Women Find a Safe Community

profile picture of Nehal Aggarwal
Nehal Aggarwal
Associate Editor
Published
11/18/2019
happy woman laughing in front of plant wall

How to Boost Your Fertility in Your 30s

profile picture of Anna Davies
Anna Davies
Contributing Writer
man in bed checking the time

Men Should Go to Bed by This Time if They’re Trying to Conceive

profile picture of Stephanie Grassullo
Stephanie Grassullo
Associate Editor
Published
06/26/2019
woman looking at camera and smiling a little at sunset

Researchers May Have Found an Easy Way to Treat Endometriosis

profile picture of Stephanie Grassullo
Stephanie Grassullo
Associate Editor
Published
05/01/2019
Article removed.