This raises all kinds of ethical issues:
Australian Research Fertilizes Eggs Without Sperm
By Marie McInerney
ADELAIDE (Reuters) - Australian researchers said on Tuesday they may have found a way to fertilize an egg with cells from any parts of the body, rather than sperm, in a new study which offers hope to infertile men and even lesbian couples.
Australian infertility scientist Orly Lacham-Kaplan said early research on mice could produce a breakthrough for many men who have no sperm or sperm-making cells.
This is the group for which this kind of technique probably will be very helpful,'' she said. A lot of (these) people would like to father their own biological children.’’
Lacham-Kaplan said the research, if successful in humans, also theoretically could allow babies to be born without any input from men, although she admitted that such an outcome could open up an ethical can of worms.
``If, as a technology, it would be used as a treatment for infertile couples then I would accept it very well,’’ she told Reuters in a telephone interview.
``However I think we need to draw the line where it is used, and I believe a lot of ethical groups would draw the line.’’
The mice experiments were expected to take up to a year.
At the moment I feel there will be more problems than success, but if it is a success, it will be quite a good surprise,'' she said. It would be an incredible breakthrough.’’
Interesting? or Frightening?