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Stem cell discovery raises hopes of restoring female fertility

Catherine McDiarmid-Watt | Sunday, July 26, 2009 | 0 comments

Stem cell discovery raises hopes of restoring female fertilityThe theory that women are born with all the eggs they will ever have has been challenged by research that could raise the prospect of restoring female fertility and reversing the menopause.

Scientists in China have discovered that the ovaries of adult and newborn mice seem to contain stem cells that can be grown into eggs that can be fertilised to create healthy offspring.

The findings suggest that it may be possible one day to isolate and culture these stem cells from women’s ovaries, should they also exist in humans. This could provide a source of eggs to extend female fertility, which declines as the ovaries’ supply is depleted with age.

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