Taiwan scientists develop sperm 'efficiency' kit

September 17, 2009

Scientists in Taiwan said Thursday they have invented a male fertility home test kit that breaks new ground by measuring the efficiency of sperm cells -- a key factor in determining men's ability to father children.

The kit, developed at National Taiwan University, gives a numerical measure of sperm cells' motility -- ability to reach an egg.

" is often caused by lifestyle, such as or tobacco use. So if people change their lifestyles, they will be able to use the kit to monitor their progress," said Andrew Wo, head of the team that carried out the research.

Similar products, also designed for home use, already exist on the market, but the focus has so far been on the quantity of the , not the quality, according to the developers of the new kit.

Wo said he expected the product to appeal to women who feel they are being blamed for childless marriages.

"Maybe they think it's not their fault and they'll buy the kit for their husbands to show they're right," said Wo.

(c) 2009 AFP

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