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UT Doctor Discovers Potential Source for Human Eggs

Catherine McDiarmid-Watt | Thursday, September 18, 2008 | 0 comments

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Dr. Antonin Bukovsky MD, PhD., reviews microscope images projected onto a computer screenIn the May 5, 2005, issue of Reproductive Biology and Endocrinology, the discovery that new human eggs can be developed in vitro from cells scraped from the surface of adult human ovaries was made in the laboratory of Dr. Antonin Bukovsky, MD, PhD.

These results suggest that cells scraped from the ovary could be a potential source of new eggs for women who have trouble conceiving — either due to age or other complications such as a lack of ovarian follicles, the structures composed of an egg surrounded by granulosa cells.

For women who want to delay having babies, these results suggest the possibility of having ovarian surface epithelium (OSE) cells frozen in order to produce new eggs at a later date.

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