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Humans play God
A lesbian or a gay couple (for that matter) may produce kids now and be called their biological parents too! Though it might escalate dangerous health risks, such couples are excited by this revolution.
THE BIOLOGICAL role of a man as a father and a woman as a mother is under threat. In yet another attempt to play god, scientists will soon be able to terminate men from the process of creating life, enabling lesbian, gay and infertile couples to have children that are biologically their own.
Researchers at Newcastle upon Tyne University in the United Kingdom (UK) have formulated a breakthrough technique to turn female bone marrow into sperm. The scientists will take stem cells from a woman donor’s bone marrow and transform these into sperm through the use of special chemicals and vitamins. The procedure may also be done with cells from male bone marrow, which can be grown into eggs, paving the way for gay couples to have children without any biological participation by a female.
This can annul the ethical argument over drawing stem cells from an embryo, since the cells will be taken from an adult donor. The technique may overturn infertility treatments globally. The experiments could also allow a priceless insight into dealing with infertility - a little understood condition that strikes one in six couples.
But, besides fears of raising an ethical debate, the children born from artificial eggs and sperm might suffer dangerous health problems, like the mice in the experiments. Also, because the female sperm would lack the Y chromosome, such couples would be able to have girls only.
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