Artificial Human Sperm And Eggs Could Be A Reality
Researchers at the University of Cambridge released findings suggesting artificial human sperm and eggs could be created.By Jasmine Bailey | December 26, 2014
Researchers from the University of Cambridge announced a breakthrough that could potentially result in successful lab-induced human fertilization as well as answer important questions about the aging process.
Using both stem cells and skin cells the researchers were able to begin the process of creating human sperm and eggs. Stem cells are able to grow to be any type of cell in the human body. Skin cells, on the other hand, can be manipulated into having similar abilities as stem cells.
"If some adult cell types are taken, grown in plastic dishes and given specific genetic instructions, over time a small number of these cells will reverse from their differentiated state and develop the ability to re-differentiate," explained Stem Cell Network.