New stem cell breakthrough is good news for same-sex couples. (x)
Two people of the same-sex having a biological child is an idea that circled the internet thanks to a study involving stem cells from rats. Now, according to Cell, new work shows that scientists are able to recreate the process using stem cells from humans for the first time. This means that gay couples are getting closer to the ability to have biological children together.
Azim Surani, Wellcome Trust project leader and professor of physiology and reproduction at Cambridge, spoke to the Sunday Times. “We have succeeded in the first and most important step of this process, which is to show we can make these very early human stem cells in a dish,” he said.
According to researchers, adult human skin and stem cells were used from ten different donor sources and new germ-cell lines were created from all the experiments. The critical element in the “reprogramming” process of human cells is the SOX17 gene.
Making human egg and sperm cells from the skin of two adults of the same gender is now a possibility. This has sparked interest in gay couples and people with infertility diseases.