Gay Couples One Step Closer to Having Their Own Babies After Stem Cell Breakthrough
by Dominic Preston, FrontiersMedia.com, February 25, 2015
A major breakthrough in stem cell research at the University of Cambridge and Israel’s Wiezmann Institute of Science has opened the door to the possibility of same-sex couples being able to have children together in the future.
The researchers used stem cells from embryos and skin cells from adults to create new, viable stem cells, using a technique that has previously been used to create live baby mice. Azim Surani, Wellcome Trust project leader and professor of physiology and reproduction at Cambridge, explained that this represented a significant milestone:
“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.”
Perhaps most excitingly, the researchers admitted that it was possible to create stem cells from donors of the same gender, and that egg and sperm cells could also be created in the future. Jacob Hanna, the lead on the Israeli research team, explained that members of the gay community have already reached out to the researchers:
“It has already caused interest from gay groups because of the possibility of making egg and sperm cells from parents of the same sex.”
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