Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Hope for infertile men: Breakthrough as scientists grow sperm outside the body

[ via Mail Online

Scientists have made a major breakthrough that  could lead to infertile men being able to father their own children, rather than using donor sperm.  

Researchers in Germany and Israel were able to grow mouse sperm from a few cells in a laboratory dish.

The scientists believe that the same technique - using 'germ cells' extracted from the testicles - will eventually work in humans.

Professor Mahmoud Huleihel, who also grew the sperm at Israel's Ben Gurion University in Beersheba, said: ‘I believe it will eventually be possible to routinely grow human male sperm to order by extracting tissue containing germ cells from a man's testicle and stimulating sperm production in the laboratory.’ 

Read more: Mail Online


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