Frozen sperm could help bring these giant sea stars back from the brink of extinction

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As It Happens6:50Frozen sperm could help bring these giant sea stars back from the brink of extinction

Melissa Torres spent her Valentine’s Day helping to usher new life into the world — in the form of millions of fertilized sea star eggs.

Torres is part of a team that, on Feb. 14, successfully spawned and cross-fertilized sperm and eggs from male and female sunflower sea stars at the Birch Aquarium at Scripps Institution of Oceanography in California. 

It’s a major step in a massive effort by scientists, governments and conservationists to save an important marine species that has been nearly annihilated by a

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