Communication is Key in the Fertilized Egg

    Research from the laboratory of Dr. Martin Srayko - Upon fertilization, sperm provide not only genetic material to the future progeny, but a message that instructs the female cell to finish the meiotic divisions.

    January 10, 2017

    Research from the laboratory of Dr. Martin Srayko

    Fertilization: A sperm-oocyte partnership that depends on effective communication. Upon fertilization, sperm provide not only genetic material to the future progeny, but a message that instructs the female cell to finish the meiotic divisions. The study, “Maternal MEMI Promotes Female Meiosis II in Response to Fertilization in Caenorhabditis elegans” has been published in GENETICS, and is featured in the commentary, “Parental Control Begins at the Beginning”.