National Geographic: The Incredible Human Body

Genre: Documentary
60 min

will allow us to observe

the encounter of sperm and egg

in extraordinary detail.

So we'll be seeing you

a lot over the next few weeks.

Okay. We're just

waiting to get started now.

You can go ahead

and push it back in

and try it again maybe

a little more slowly.

Inez begins a regime

of hormone injections

that will stimulate her ovaries

to produce more than

the customary one egg per month.

Do it like this,

I'll squeeze the skin...

You'll wipe

with alcohol...

...wipe with alcohol.

Like so, okay?

A little bit faster than that...

Yeah, like that.

Oh my god...

It's time.

As hoped, many eggs are ready.

As she is put to sleep,

Inez delivers a drowsy wish.

[Inez speaks]

What was that?

What did she say?

She said,

"I want a boy."

That's what

I thought she said.

We'll start

on the left side.

There's a lot of follicles.

You can see the needle tip

there on the screen.

The remarkable egg

that begins human life

is a single cell -

no wider than a hair,

barely visible to the eye.

Most people have

no idea how small a cell is.

If I crudely scrape

the inside of my mouth,

I have about 10,000 cells

under my fingertip.

These things are really small!

You can't see that

without a microscope,

and yet, that can make a human.

See how amazing this is?

One by one,

When the safety

of the eggs is assured,

Darryl's semen is collected.

will filter out

the dead and less-healthy sperm.


this is the "before" sample.

It has not been processed.

And so, from this

we can compare this

with the post-processing sample.

You can see that the sample

is much cleaner,

almost all of the sperm

are motile...

And they look like

happy campers.

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Karen Goodman

Karen Goodman is an American film and television director and producer, best known for her work on various documentaries. She has been nominated for an Academy Award in the Best Documentary (Short Subject) category four times for The Children's Storefront (1988), Chimps: So Like Us (1990), Rehearsing a Dream (2007), and Strangers No More (2010). Goodman won once for producing and directing Strangers No More at the 83rd Academy Awards. The win was shared with Kirk Simon, with whom she worked on Chimps: So Like Us and Rehearsing a Dream as well. She has further received four Primetime Emmy nominations, winning once for Masterclass in 2014. more…

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