Creating a sperm or egg from any cell? Reproduction revolution on the horizon

In-vitro gametogenesis (IVG) could revolutionize reproduction by creating eggs and sperm from any human cell.

The breakthrough: IVG is “on the precipice of materialization,” according to reproductive biology specialist Dr. Eli Adashi.
* Japanese scientists have already created healthy mice using iPS cells from adult mice tails, which were transformed into sperm and egg cells.

Implications for humans: IVG could enable infertile individuals to have children with their own DNA and make the biological clock irrelevant.
* The technology may also allow gay and trans couples to have genetically related children.

Ethical concerns: Experts raise concerns about issues surrounding the use of IVG, including “designer babies” and gene-editing, as well as ethical and legal issues associated with unauthorized use of DNA.

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