Living the Scientific Life (Scientist, Interrupted)


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Recently, human ovulation was captured on video for the first time ever. Two researchers, Stephan Gordts and Ivo Brosens of the Leuven Institute for Fertility & Embryology in Belgium, performed transvaginal laparoscopy, which involves making a small cut in the vaginal wall and observing the ovary with an endoscope. “This allows us direct access to and observation of the tubo-ovarian structures without manipulation using forceps,” reports Gordts. Below the fold is part of their video. [0:55]

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  1. #1 Julie Stahlhut
    June 30, 2008

    Wonder if they can capture it in a woman who is prone to severe Mittelschmerz. Pity that I no longer possess the equipment; I probably could have produced a small mushroom cloud with implosion debris for everyone’s viewing entertainment!

  2. #2 Ian
    June 30, 2008

    How on Earth did they know when to make that cut and put the camera in? Did they use temperature measurements? How long did they have to wait having put the camera in place before they got the video they were after? I mean, they didn’t want to end up with egg on their faces, did they?!

  3. #3 sara
    July 9, 2008

    Ew! Ouch! Ew! Why cannot we just oviposit as birds do? The whole abortion controversy would be very different . . .

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