Researchers at Edinburgh University are working with a team from Harvard Medical School in Boston to be the first in the world to produce mature human eggs from stem cells isolated from human ovarian tissue.
Until now, it has only been possible to isolate a relatively small number of mature human egg cells directly from the ovaries of women who have been stimulated with hormones. This technical limitation has led to an acute shortage of human eggs, or “oocycts”, for IVF treatment as well as scientific research.
The scientists want to fertilise the laboratory-grown egg cells with human sperm to prove that they are viable. Any resulting embryos will be studied for up to 14 days - the legal limit - to see if they are normal.
These early embryos will not be transplanted into a woman's womb because they will be deemed experimental material, but will either be frozen or allowed to perish. ...
For half a century, a dogma of reproductive biology was that women are born with their full complement of egg cells which they gradually lose through life until they run out when they reach the menopause.
“This age-old belief that females are given a fixed 'bank account' of eggs at birth is incorrect,” Professor Tilly said.
“In fact ovaries in adulthood are probably more closely matched to testes in adulthood in their capacity to make new germ cells, which are the special cells that give rise to sperm and eggs,“ he said.
”Over the past 50 years, all the basic science, all the clinical work and all the clinical outcome was predicated on one simple belief, that is the oocyte pool, the early egg-cell pool in the ovaries was a fixed entity, and once those eggs were used up they cannot be renewed, replenished or replaced,“ he added. ...
”I think personally [fertilising the first eggs] is do-able. I see no hurdles why it cannot be done this year,“ he added.
Yes, but would these newly-minted 'humans' have souls? Would they be, you know, 'really' human, or, as atheists and Democrats believe humans to be, merely soulless animals, a collection of tissues that are temporarily useful, then easily discarded, as is, say, a 8 1/2 month old fetus?
If they are the soulless animals that I'm thinking they would be, why, what a boon to the Democratic Party! That's all they'd need: a plethora of LeftLibProggs grown in vats.
Now, if only they can be trained to vote Democratic, like the rest of the mindless, lazy creatures who are so easily 'Community Organized' in this failing Republic.
We could call these vat-developed life-forms DemOrcs, I suppose, because 'Morlock' is already taken.