“Sizing Up Sperm” offers a unique perspective on procreation

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By Sandra Kraisirideja

Hoping to bring a fresh understanding to the miracle of conception, the National Geographic Channel presents “Sizing Up Sperm,” a new one-hour special about the amazing race a sperm makes on the road to fertilization.

Using a reality competition format, “Sizing up Sperm” uses real people to represent the 250 million sperm that compete with each other to fertilize a single egg. Scaling up sperm to human size brings greater reality to the fertilization process and helps shed new light on the incredible odds sperm face in its effort to fertilize an egg.

The testicle, for example, is represented by an oversized London skyscraper and the extraordinary proportions of the female anatomy by the North American Rockies.

The show switches between dramatizations with the human sperm models—aided by a good amount of CGI—and interviews with fertility experts and scientists to tell the story of a sperm’s journey from beginning to end.

“Sizing up Sperm” is an entertaining and very informative show that will help expectant parents appreciate the fertility process.

“Sizing Up Sperm” premieres March 14 at 9 p.m. ET/PT.

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