Have you noticed that we develop new biotechnologies these days for health issues, but they mostly become used for lifestyle facilitation? That’s what will happen if research in mice–that turned skin cells into both sperm and eggs and later used to create live mouse births, finds human application. From the Nature story:
To prove that these laboratory-grown versions were truly similar to naturally occurring PGCs, he used them to create eggs, then used those eggs to create live mice. He calls the live births a mere ’side effect’ of the research, but that bench experiment became much more, because it raised the prospect of creating fertilizable eggs from the skin cells of infertile women. And it also suggested that men’s skin cells could be used to create eggs, and that sperm could be generated from women’s cells. (Indeed, after the research was published, the editor of a gay and lesbian magazine e-mailed Hayashi for more information.)
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