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.

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

  1. Lee-Roy   December 10, 2013 at 2:10 am

    Me and my husband are a gay couple we want a baby, but our own! I would happily do this if it meant I could have a baby with my husband as this is a dream of mine and if there are anyone wanting to experiment, Me and my husband would be happy to oblige as the end result will be a blessing in every sense of the way.

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  2. Jonathan Sanchez   June 25, 2013 at 2:27 pm

    The male chromosome “Y” is more dominant over the female chromosome “X”, male “XY” and female “XX”… Which leads to the question: If the egg is created from a male’s stem cell and fertilized by male sperm, could the result be “YY”? and what would the result be?

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    • NickM   June 25, 2013 at 6:12 pm

      Not true. An X chromosome is actually ‘dominant’ over a Y chromosome. That is why many congenital diseases, e.g. Hemophilia, are fatal for boys, but women are merely carriers. The X isn’t so much stronger – it carries a little more genetic information. If you have two XXs like females do, then if one has a congenital disease gene, it will be off set by the other X chromosome. You get the X from your mother if you are male and the Y from your father; women get an X from each parent. If they make a viable egg from your pluripotent stem cells, it would have to carry your mother’s X chromosomal info.

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  3. Jonathan Sanchez   June 25, 2013 at 2:23 pm

    The male chromosome “Y” is more dominant over the female chromosome “X”… Which leads to the question: If the egg is created from a male’s stem cell and fertilized by male sperm, could the result be “YY”? and what would the result be?

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  4. Tonnya Marisse   June 25, 2013 at 2:02 pm

    the epitome of misogyny and patriarchy.

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  5. ANGER   April 5, 2013 at 9:22 pm

    Ever single one of you sicken me, nether man nor woman is more dominate. Any who think that way are barbaric and should go back to there cave to pout. As for the gay thing scientific studies have shown that gay men (not as many studies have been done on woman) have different sexual brain patterns then straight men and thus can’t choose. The small percent that does choose is usually bisexual. As well if god didn’t want something he wouldn’t allow it, he could easily damn them to hell if it was wrong but he doesn’t. The research as well he could stop, why allow it if its wrong. What’s more a gay couple can live a normal healthy life just like anyone else. Also it’s all about the test tube baby oh no, what about the orphans. All are equal, man or woman, black or white, you all sicken me so good night.

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    • Steven   May 3, 2014 at 2:49 am

      I don’t think they were referring to dominate as in social roles, but as in genetics where it is a matter of fact that the X chromosome (female, but cared by both genders) is dominate. This explains why all babies are female in the womb until a very specific surge of hormones changes them to male, if the Y chromosome is present.

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  6. alaa   April 4, 2013 at 12:43 pm

    Do who born without testes reproduction through stem cells?

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  7. andrew   February 25, 2013 at 1:33 am

    it might be a wonder in the history of science such discoveries!as far there are some good news such as healing people from deadly diseases or creating test tube babies for those who are unable to produce babies etc… my question stands in the name of science why scientists create things against the natures will? is this is the beginning of human extinct? however what will be the out come of these discoveries such gays and lesbians producing babies against nature,s will, it might be a miracle in science but it will be a threat to the human community! further those scientists have forgotten they were the children of two opposite sex(mothers and fathers) not gays or lesbians children!!!!!1

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  8. Mikaelo   January 20, 2013 at 10:49 pm

    Interesting article (albeit being a bit badly written). The wonders of modern science are getting intense, but it will always be controversial. There’s a thin line between what’s acceptable and not, and people have a hard time agreeing if that line still exists in particular topics. Either way, this news is very astounding.

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  9. jamie   January 8, 2013 at 10:31 am

    it would be nice if they could turn your balls into egg producing ovaries and that would be great for those who want to have a sex change and give birth and all that once scientists have perfected the male womb and all think about that a world where you can be who you really are and be complete not just and for those who had their parts removed for health reasons like cancer they could get a new womb and still have children i have met a few women like that who wished they could have children and this would be a great way for them to finally have the kids and family they always wanted and no care all men will not turn gay although can i ave your ex’s number i need a bf

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  10. positivelyantagonistic   January 4, 2013 at 7:50 am

    I think pregnancy will soon be a thing of the past. I can imagine a beautiful world where any 2 people can have kids regardless of gender, and instead of a uterus the embryo could just have like a special tube or artificial uterus and couples could come in and check on it’s development until it reaches 9 months, and then it would be taken out as a HEALTHY NEW-BORN….We almost have the technology to do this !! And think about it – It is a LOT less risky than actual pregnancy, and obviously straight couples could still do it the old fashioned way if they chose too…

    But just think you could also use this to get rid of unplanned pregnancy. Women could deliberately go infertile so they can safely have intercourse and then use the stemcell research to have a child with their future boyfriend/girlfriend/husband/wife….So this would get rid of risky pregnancies, unplanned pregnancies and introduce ways for all couples to be equal regardless of orientation….It’s a beautiful idea!

    The only worrying thing is…(which for some reason no ones thought of) what happens if a person has both sperm and egg cells made out of their stemcells and then reproduces asexually?? That could be messy and I think they would have to do a law against this….

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    • Robert Harvey-Kinsey   January 4, 2013 at 10:36 am

      While reproduction from a single person would be possible, this would not be a clone. Each time an new egg or sperm cell forms the resulting cell randomly takes from either the person’s maternal or paternal genome. Keep in mind normaly everyone has a two copies of each gene with the exception sex chromosomes, for a male a YY combination is unviable but XX and XY will work so these combinations would fail 1/3 of the time. The resulting child would be more a like a sibling than a clone. The risk here is that if a person happened to have a recessive genetic problem the child could get two copies of that gene and thus express it. As for the ethics of a single parent, we already deal with those. I think the primary reason this choice should be banned is the same clinical reason we ban incest, the risk of genetic illness

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      • positivelyantagonistic   January 4, 2013 at 12:26 pm

        Thanks for clarifying that and yeah,that makes logical sense. And yeah you’re right whilst incest and cloning aren’t the easiest things to compare, I certainly think people having kids with themselves should be prevented just because human inbreeding is illegal anyway.

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    • Blondie28   May 4, 2014 at 4:32 pm

      You people are disquesting! what about the beauty of a women being pregnant and actually having a child. I’m not against gay marriage or relationships or whatever you wanna call it but to ruin the sanctity of pregnancy too? ugh, waaaaay to sick. disquesting! but then again do you even know what that is? my guess is no :/ sad 🙁

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      • TheCorrector   May 17, 2014 at 7:02 am

        Hahaha! Oh I love that you spelled the word “disgusting” as disquesting, Blondie28! And then asking whether people know what that word means, hilarious! Come to think about it, what would it mean? Perhaps it would refer to an instance where someone cancels an order given to someone else to partake in a quest; i.e.”I am cancelling the order that you go on the quest, I am disquesting you!” Of course, even then, it’d only be applicable to medieval times, or perhaps in gaming or LARPing…I guess. Disquesting indeed! Your spelling and use of grammar is disquieting – look that one up because it’s actually a WORD!

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      • Robert Harvey-Kinsey   February 18, 2015 at 1:37 pm

        We have spent decades trying to help ignorant people to understand. After so many years, I have come to a realization. Some people have chosen ignorance over reality. Choosing to remain ignorant in the face of the truth is the definition of stupidity. There is nothing I can say or do that will ever change such biased viewpoints. It would be foolhardy to keep trying. I am done with you, fall now to the annuals of history alongside your kin. It may not be over yet, but soon it will be and we can finally wash our hands of you.

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