06. 11. 2008
First look: Human egg emerging from ovary
Here's something you've never seen before, guaranteed: an egg popping out of a human ovary. Except that, contrary to eggs-pert opinion, the egg's exit is really more like oozing. Reproductive scientists have long thought that human eggs emerge explosively, but it turns out the process takes about 15 minutes.
Several stunning photos, the clearest ever taken of the act of human ovulation, were captured accidentally during a hysterectomy. The one above, and others, appear in the June 14 issue of the Brit magazine New Scientist. They were shot by Jacques Donnez of the Catholic University of Louvain in Belgium. A most felicitous name. If my high-school French hasn't failed me, "Donnez" means "Give."