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Can sperm really be created in a laboratory?

Catherine McDiarmid-Watt | Sunday, July 12, 2009 | 0 comments

Anybody who has, for whatever reason, dreamed of a world without men in the past probably looked to the cloners to make it happen.

Few would have imagined it might one day be possible to create human sperm in a laboratory, but that is now the proud claim of Professor Karim Nayernia of the North East England Stem Cell Institute.

It is a claim that immediately hit controversy. Allan Pacey of the University of Sheffield, a sperm biologist of 20 years standing, declared he was unconvinced.

 Azim Surani, a professor of physiology and reproduction at Cambridge University, said they were sperm-like cells and a long way from being authentic sperm cells.

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About Catherine: I am mom to three grown sons, two grandchildren and two rescue dogs. After years of raising my boys as a single mom, I remarried a wonderful man who had never had a child of his own. Unexpectedly, I found myself pregnant at 49!
Sadly we lost that precious baby at 8 weeks, and decided to try again. Five more losses, turned down for donor egg, foster care and adoption due to my age and losses - we have accepted that there will be no more babies in our house.

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