Scientists Have Managed To Make A Baby Without An Egg
We're always keeping an ear to the ground for advancements in fertility treatments, and when we heard about this one, we were shocked!
In an unbelievable experiment that could revolutionise embryology and fertility treatments, scientists have been able to create a baby without the use of an egg. Dr Tony Perry, the senior author of the study published in Nature Communications, explained that researchers have managed to “trick” mouse eggs into developing without the normal egg and sperm fertilization.
The embryos are referred to as parthenogenotes, rather than eggs, and have been proven to behave in a similar way to standard skin and other cells in the body. These parthenogenotes were injected with sperm, and went on to develop normally, eventually becoming healthy baby mouse pups.
While the researchers are keen to express that these advancements are still “speculative and fanciful”, it is still an incredible experiment that could revolutionise embryology. The new findings could pave the way for using skin cells instead of eggs for fertility treatment.
So far, the success rate of this procedure stands at 24%. And the 30 pups born from the experiment have yet to show any sign of health problems. The experiment is still lightyears away from being successful on humans, but if proven, the implications could be huge, opening up a new option for those dealing with infertility.
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Hat tip to iflscience.com
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