Human Sperm Created In Laboratory

Researchers in the United Kingdom say they've been able to create human sperm from embryonic stem cells.

It's hoped that the research could help reveal causes of male infertility, because scientists can study exactly how sperm forms. This may also allow them to study how genetic diseases are passed on or how cells involved in reproduction are affected by toxins. For example, young boys who must undergo chemotherapy can become infertile.

The sperm created from this experiment are not identical to normal sperm and are not mature enough to fertilize an egg.

Researchers say the sperm cannot and will not be used for fertility
treatments, shutting down any talk of creating humans in a lab dish.


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  • by Bob Location: Belhaven on Jul 8, 2009 at 03:37 PM
    No its just to easy! I can't. Alpha female where are you? This one was tailor made for you! hahaha
  • by XX no XY on Jul 8, 2009 at 12:00 PM
    Women burn your bras! We may no longer need a men.
  • by Christian Location: Washington on Jul 8, 2009 at 10:16 AM
    You can't create something God madein a lab. If you could I would agree with Dave. Cure cancer and all the other infectous diseases and worry about fertility at a later date. Besides that there are enough teenage mothers that proves that part of mother nature is doing just fine without any more help.
  • by Dave Location: Milwaukee, WI on Jul 8, 2009 at 07:28 AM
    Hey! Why don't we cure cancer first... then lets worry about infertility. As if stem cell research isn't controversial enough.
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