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Mouse stem cells used to produce eggs, Japanese scientists say – latimes.com

29 October 2012

Researchers in Japan say they used mouse stem cells to create eggs and sperm, producing healthy offspring. The feat could eventually aid human fertility.

http://www.latimes.com/news/science/la-sci-stem-cells-infertility-20121005,0,2804462,full.story

Not yet ready for humans, but….

On the one hand, a solution to some of the problems inherent in third-party conception, particularly commercialisation and state-sanctioned anonymity of ‘donor’ gametes and embryos – material which might no longer be needed if there are technological ways to produce gametes. On the other hand, we don’t understand epigenetics very well, and it’s a wide-open door to germline genetic engineering.

Thoughts, PFGS?

 

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