Human Embryos Created Without Female Eggs

Scientists have discovered a possible way to create a human embryo, without the use of a female egg.

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By The original uploader was GoldenBear at German Wikipedia – Life Issues Institute, 1721W Galbraith Road, Cincinnati, OH 45239, 513.729.3600, www.lifeissues.org, CC BY-SA 3.0

The technique developed involved convincing an egg to develop without the presence of sperm. The egg began to replicate, completely copying it’s chromosomes as normal cells do.

Sperm was then later injected into the egg and it grew into a live mouse. The mice were later able to produce their own liters. Three generations of mice have since been born from the original embryo.

Although an egg was used in the original experiment. The scientists believe they same procedure could be used for any cell, for example a skin cell.

The implications of human fertility are broad ranging. Woman who have lost their eggs due to illness could have a second chance at having their own children. Gay men could produce children which share their DNA