Oh Yeah, Developmental Biology!

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US researchers say they will redouble their efforts to create human sperm from stem cells following the success of a Japanese study involving mice. A Kyoto University team used mice stem cells to create eggs, which were fertilised to produce baby mice. Dr Renee Pera, of Stanford University in California, aims to create human sperm to use for reproduction within two years, and eggs within five years. Infertility affects up to 15% of reproductive-aged couples worldwide. “I know people think it’s Frankenstein medicine, but I think it’s not an imagined or lessened health problem - infertility affects your whole life,” Dr Pera says. “To have sex and have a baby would be a super simple decision, but not everybody can do it.” But using embryonic stem cells for research - as Dr Pera’s lab at the Institute for Stem Cell Biology and Regenerative Medicine does - is controversial because the embryos are destroyed in order to use them. Dr Pera’s lab uses embryos left over from IVF treatments. (via BBC News - US scientists aim to make human sperm from stem cells)

wildcat2030:

US researchers say they will redouble their efforts to create human sperm from stem cells following the success of a Japanese study involving mice. A Kyoto University team used mice stem cells to create eggs, which were fertilised to produce baby mice. Dr Renee Pera, of Stanford University in California, aims to create human sperm to use for reproduction within two years, and eggs within five years. Infertility affects up to 15% of reproductive-aged couples worldwide. “I know people think it’s Frankenstein medicine, but I think it’s not an imagined or lessened health problem - infertility affects your whole life,” Dr Pera says. “To have sex and have a baby would be a super simple decision, but not everybody can do it.” But using embryonic stem cells for research - as Dr Pera’s lab at the Institute for Stem Cell Biology and Regenerative Medicine does - is controversial because the embryos are destroyed in order to use them. Dr Pera’s lab uses embryos left over from IVF treatments. (via BBC News - US scientists aim to make human sperm from stem cells)