Post by nebcanuck, Stephen’s son.
A newspiece on the CBC website today made the announcement that scientists in England are close to producing artificial sperm:
British scientists say they have taken human embryonic stem cells and turned them into sperm-like cells that have moving tails.
Researchers at Newcastle University and the NorthEast England Stem Cell Institute say the work is in its early stages and the end result, while containing all the essential qualities for creating life, is not perfect.
Newcastle research leader Karim Nayernia said in a statement Wednesday that the technique they used could some day help develop treatments for infertile couples, although current British law forbids the use of lab-created sperm or egg cells in fertility treatments.
How strangely, sadly ironic that this benefit for people unable to have children comes at the cost of fetuses.