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Study: Sperm can act as natural superfood

A new study has found that certain females consume male ejaculate and sperm as if they were food, using the nutrients to fuel their own bodies as well as their eggs.

world Updated: Jun 06, 2013 00:50 IST

A new study has found that certain females consume male ejaculate and sperm as if they were food, using the nutrients to fuel their own bodies as well as their eggs.

“If males have their sperm consumed, rather than used for egg fertilisation, they will lose that reproductive opportunity. Therefore, it is in the male’s best interests to try to ensure at least some of his sperm reaches the female’s eggs,” lead author Benjamin Wegener, a researcher at Monash University said.