Stem Cells Discovery Will Allow Gay Men to Create Eggs for Surrogate Birth

 

Stem CellsRecent findings by a group of scientists from the Kyoto University Institute for Integrated Cell-Material Sciences (iCeMS) have taken the scientific world by storm, by announcing a stem cell discovery made that will allow gay people to create their own eggs that could be used in a surrogate birth.  The discovery raises numerous questions about the findings, as well as its potential uses and abuses.

The new results will allow gay men to create an egg of their own, instead of having to use a donated egg from a female donor, thereby allowing creation of a child born with both parents’ DNA, not just the DNA of one of the men and the DNA from the egg donor, as is currently the case. This finding has the potential to invigorate the LGBT community, and whispers of its use in this manner are already beginning.

The Japanese research team, led by Mitinori Saitou of Kyoto University in Japan, said that they had finally attained their seemingly insurmountable objective, creating eggs from embryonic stem cells, as well as producing eggs that will become healthy offspring.stem cells

The new technique used bio-engineered eggs fertilized in-vitro with sperm which was also created from stem cells, and then implanted into mice. The resulting pregnancy produced healthy mice, and so far, this accomplishment is a rousing success.

The embryonic stem cells used in the study were a different kind of stem cell than what is usually discussed, which are umbilical cord stem cells. This differing type of stem cell, referred to as “induced pluripotent stem cells,” can be obtained from the skin cells of a mouse or a human. This brings the debate over potential uses and abuses to the forefront.  The discovery could lead to cloning of humans without the need for either a man or a woman. Depending upon point of view, this can be termed either abuse or groundbreaking new use.

The fact that this discovery has been attained could lead to wondrous uses for this new, emerging technology. This will be a boon for older women that wish to have children later in life, because of a new marriage  or for whatever other reason. Women with infertility issues, such as inability to create viable eggs or who suffer from miscarriage. Bio-engineered eggs made from stem cells could be created and refined to eliminate these problems, giving affected women hope.

This discovery could also lead to gay men in same-sex relationships having the ability to create an offspring completely from just the two donors’ DNA. Skin cells from one of the men could be used to create the egg and sperm, or sperm created from the skin cells of the other man can be used to fertilize the egg in-vitro, leaving only the surrogate uterus for implantation on the table.

If scientists ever discover a way to create a viable womb that eliminates the need for a women’s uterus, it would be a shocking discovery, one that may lead us down a path of no return.

As with all things, this discovery is not a question of if, only when.

It would appear that this is the next avenue for discovery for the Kyoto Team, and it’s very likely that another research facility is already currently researching this eventuality, and that it will be attained someday.

Someday will be here soon enough.

Opinion by Jim Donahue.

73 Responses to Stem Cells Discovery Will Allow Gay Men to Create Eggs for Surrogate Birth

  1. Chris Dokos May 22, 2014 at 7:22 pm

    Source?

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  2. jim May 22, 2014 at 12:07 am

    Like anything else, this can be used for good and it can be used for bad.
    But who will declare right from wrong?
    That’s the scary part.

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  3. Gracie B May 5, 2014 at 6:07 am

    These comments have really given me a sense of just how pathetic humans really are. Just who do you people think you are to say whether or not teo people who love each other can have a baby or not? The entire human race needs to learn how to preach equality and peace and fairness. Of course, everyone is entitled to their own opinion, but ifyou don’t believe “test tube babies” are right- guess what? You don’t have to participate. But you can just prance around telling people what they can and cannot do. Its not your choice. Its theirs.
    And to those of you who are helping others understand and trying to decrease the number bigoted minded people Iin this world, I thank you.

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  4. Angela May 1, 2014 at 11:13 pm

    Hi, there’s literally no direct source to the study / finding on the researcher’s website. Please post resources to where you get your information from. For all I know, you could have made this up. This story is not credible unless there is a direct source presented.

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    • Steven May 3, 2014 at 2:46 am

      If you google the name of the doctor listed, you will find his overview for the company listed (I typed this all out once and had the link but the page glitched and I don’t feel like doing it all again) listing the scientific papers (a big thing in the science world) that he has written. They seem to be in line with this sort of thing. Course, just cuz it LOOKS like it’s in order doesn’t mean that it is. But here’s to hoping and being to tired to do any more research on it. If you find a 100% yea or nea, please let me know.

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  5. Kinsey6 May 1, 2014 at 1:24 pm

    I absolutely LOVE this! I can already hear conservatives/Republicans/theocrats/fundies starting to go completely bonkers over this. And any time they’re upset it means something good is happening!

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    • Nodak May 1, 2014 at 1:38 pm

      What is good about yet another way to sell humans like cows and pigs to whoever has the cash to buy them? What is good about willfully denying a child a mother? What about the rights of the child who did not and could not consent to any of this?

      Many children born from the test tube 30 years ago are frequently hostile to such technologies that turned them into commodities to be sold to the highest bidder.

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      • Gracie B May 5, 2014 at 5:35 am

        What is good about you telling others what they can and cannot do and what is or is not right? If you don’t like it or if you don’t believe this is right then guess what you can do? Not do it. But don’t go around trying to force your beliefs on others. It does nothing to improve the earth as a whole, so what is the point

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