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During mammalian reproduction, millions of sperm undertake a journey that only one will finish. This journey to fertilization has been commonly viewed as a race: a sea of sperm competing to get to the egg first. Yet, Susan Suarez, professor emeritus of biological sciences at Cornell University, and many of her colleagues see things differently. “I certainly don’t think of it as a race,” she says, “but rather as a complex process” involving both sperm and female cells.