Same-sex couples might be able to have babies of their own and no longer need to adpot thanks to a new medical breakthrough.
Researchers at Cambridge University discovered that it is possible to make human egg and sperm cells using the skin from two adults of the same gender. The team worked with Israel’s Weizmann Institute of Science and used the stem cell lines from embryos collected from the skin of five different adults. To date, they have created new germ-cell lines from 10 different donors.
The same experiment was successful using mice as subjects, but this study is the first to test it on humans. The team compared the engineered cells made from the laboratory to aborted fetuses to determine if they are identical.
“We have succeeded in the first and most important step of this process, which is to show we can make these very early human stem cells in a dish,” Azim Surani, project leader and professor of physiology and reproduction at Cambridge, told the Sunday Times.
The team, funded by The Wellcome Trust, compared the engineered stem cells with human cells from foetuses to make sure they had identical characteristics.
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