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Same Sex Couples May One Day Have Biological Children

Anonymous
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Thoughts on this?


http://abcnews.go.com/Health/sex-couples-day-biological-children-researchers/story?id=29220568&cid=fb_gma_sf

Same-Sex Couples May One Day Have Biological Children, Researchers Say

PHOTO: A stem cell research breakthrough may someday allow same-sex couples to have their own biological children.

stem cell research breakthrough might someday allow same-sex couples to have their own biological children.

Researchers at Cambridge University in England have taken the first steps towards creating artificial sperm and eggs by reprogramming skin cells from adults and converting them into embryonic-like stem cells. The team then compared the engineered stem cells with human cells from fetuses to confirm they were in fact, identical.

The researchers published their findings in the journal Cell earlier this week, stressing that it’s early days for this type of research.

“We have succeeded in the first and most important step of the process,” Dr. Jacob Hanna, an investigator with the Weizmann Institute of Science in Israel, told ABC News.

Hanna said the team will now attempt to complete the process by creating fully developed artificial sperm and eggs, either in a dish or by implanting them in a rodent. Once this is achieved, the technique could become useful for any individual with fertility problems, he said, including couples of the same sex.

"It has already caused interest from gay groups because of the possibility of making egg and sperm cells from parents of the same sex," Hanna said.

However, the prospect of creating a baby by these artificial means alone is probably a long way off, Hanna said.

“It is really important to emphasize that while this scenario might be technically possible and feasible, it is remote at this stage and many challenges need to be overcome,” he said. “Further, there are very serious ethical and safety issues to be considered when and if such scenarios become considered in the distant future.”

The research was funded by the Wellcome Trust and the Britain Israel Research and Academic Exchange Partnership.

Posted by Anonymous on Feb. 27, 2015 at 8:25 AM
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AnonyMinnie
by on Feb. 27, 2015 at 8:27 AM

I think that sounds amazing. And it's not just helping same sex couples, it's helping many others as well.

Mom-to-2kids
by Sapphire Member on Feb. 27, 2015 at 8:31 AM
I think this has a lot of potential to help a lot of people.
Anonymous
by Anonymous 2 on Feb. 27, 2015 at 8:33 AM
I kind of doubt it will ever happen in the US, or at least not for s long, long time. But that's pretty awesome!!
Rhodin
by Ruby Member on Feb. 27, 2015 at 8:38 AM
Once it gets to India or Mexico, people will just go there and have it done. Medical tourism isn't illegal.

Quoting Anonymous 2: I kind of doubt it will ever happen in the US, or at least not for s long, long time. But that's pretty awesome!!
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SaskMummy
by Mandy on Feb. 27, 2015 at 8:40 AM
I'm all for same sex marriages and rights ... But this is a little scary enginered people?!
Krystle1216
by Gold Member on Feb. 27, 2015 at 8:44 AM
While it may be a blessing for others, this kind of stuff is odd to me. You don't mess too much with making a baby.. Who knows what affects this will have. I sometimes feel man interferes too much with Mother Nature.
MrsDukati
by on Feb. 27, 2015 at 8:44 AM
Interesting.
heidi749
by Canadian on Feb. 27, 2015 at 8:46 AM

That is amazing, and a bit scary...

Anonymous
by Anonymous 3 on Feb. 27, 2015 at 8:48 AM
You bet it isn't illegal! Those Mexican dentists with practices close to the American border make a killing off if Americans going to Mexico for dental work because they can't afford American dentists.

Quoting Rhodin: Once it gets to India or Mexico, people will just go there and have it done. Medical tourism isn't illegal.

Quoting Anonymous 2: I kind of doubt it will ever happen in the US, or at least not for s long, long time. But that's pretty awesome!!
Clairwil
by Platinum Member on Feb. 27, 2015 at 10:03 AM

It would work also for infertile women who'd like to have children.

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