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Step closer to producing sperm & eggs from stem cells

Catherine McDiarmid-Watt | Friday, October 30, 2009 | 0 comments

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Step closer to producing sperm & eggs from stem cellsResearchers at Stanford University, which harvested the stem cells from an embryo, claim the breakthrough could eventually cure infertility in men, birth defects and even extend the menopause in women.

Previous studies have claimed to have reproduced egg and sperm cells in the laboratory but they were always slightly damaged or malformed.

The researchers in the latest study believe their germ cells - the cells that eventually turn into sperm and eggs - are so perfect it would be possible to grow them into fully functioning reproductive 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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