Moment of ovulation caught on camera

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{image-human egg_13062008.jpg}London, Jun 13: Providing a rare insight into the beginning of life, the moment a human egg is released from a woman's ovary has been captured on camera for the first time.

The footage was captured during a routine hysterectomy operation by gynaecologist Jacques Donnez as he spotted it on the monitor. The egg belonged to a 45-year-old Belgian woman, the Daily Telegraph reported. The images were described as a ''fascinating insight'' into ''the beginnings of life''. Dr Donnez, of the Catholic University of Louvain, Belgium, said the images would help scientists gain greater understanding of the mechanisms and processes involved in reproduction and fertilisation.

''The release of the oocyte (egg) from the ovary is a crucial event in human reproduction,'' he said.

A reddish swelling seen in the image was a follicle from which the egg was released prior to its journey up the Fallopian tubes to the womb.

The egg, which was yellow and translucent, was surrounded by support cells that helped it through the journey.


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