The Science

MAKING BABIES WITH FEMALE SPERM: NEW FILM BRINGS REPRODUCTIVE BREAKTHROUGHS HOME (Feb 2008)
“Some gigantic hurdles to overcome to make men inconsequential in reproduction include the obvious lack of a male Y chromosome in females.”

EMBRYO CREATED FROM DNA OF 2 WOMEN, 1 MAN (Feb 2008)
Sperm cells have been created from a female human embryo in a remarkable breakthrough that suggests it may be possible for lesbian couples to have their own biological children.

THE NEW SCIENTIST: SAME-SEX REPRODUCTION  (Feb 2008)
“ ‘Female sperm’, ‘male eggs’ and ‘same sex reproduction’ – whether these terms fill you with hope or disgust, a reproductive revolution is already in progress.”

SPERM CELLS CREATED FROM FEMALE EMBRYO (Jan 2008)
(AP) British scientists say they have created human embryos containing DNA from two women and a man in a procedure that researchers hope might be used one day to produce embryos free of inherited diseases.

MPs BACK ARTIFICIAL SPERM FOR CHILDLESS (March 2008)
“MPs are planning a change in the law to allow babies to be conceived from artificial sperm, a move described by opponents as playing God with human DNA”.

THE PROSPECT OF ALL-FEMALE CONCEPTION (April 2007)
“Women might soon be able to produce sperm in a development that could allow lesbian couples to have their own biological daughters, according to a pioneering study published today.”

WOMEN MAY BE ABLE TO GROW OWN SPERM (April 2007)
“Women could one day grow their own sperm, says a scientist who today claims to have turned bone marrow into early-stage sperm cells.”

SCIENTISTS GROW SPERM FROM BONE MARROW (April 2007)
“A transplant technique has been devised that could effectively remove men from the process of creating life.”

HOW ARTIFICIAL SPERM COULD HELP INFERTILE COUPLES (May 2008)
“In the 30 years since Louise Brown became the first test- tube baby, fertility treatment has come so far that it now accounts for one UK birth in 100. Yet there are still patients for whom it can do little. Men who make no sperm, and women with no eggs, must rely on adoption, donor conception or surrogacy if they want to start a family. That situation, however, may soon change because of advances in stem cell research.”

FATHERLESS MICE CREATED IN LAB
(AP) “Men, your gender just took a hit in the animal kingdom. Scientists report they’ve created mice by using two genetic moms – and no dad.”

EGGS FERTILIZED WITHOUT SPERM
Interview with Dr Orly Lacham Kaplan

SCIENTISTS MAKE FATHERLESS MICE: 2 EGGS NO SPERM
“It still takes two, but one doesn’t have to be male.”

FATHERLESS MICE MUDDY THE WATER
“Last week, Japanese researchers created a fatherless mouse using only female eggs, and turned the reproduction world on its head. The word on the street was men’s role in baby making might one day be obsolete.”

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