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    Tuesday, April 17, 2007

    Men: Perhaps The Next Endangered Species?

    Women might soon be able to produce sperm in a development that could allow lesbian couples to have their own biological daughters, according to a pioneering study published today.

    Scientists are seeking ethical permission to produce synthetic sperm cells from a woman's bone marrow tissue after showing that it possible to produce rudimentary sperm cells from male bone-marrow tissue.

    The researchers said they had already produced early sperm cells from bone-marrow tissue taken from men. They believe the findings show that it may be possible to restore fertility to men who cannot naturally produce their own sperm.

    But the results also raise the prospect of being able to take bone-marrow tissue from women and coaxing the stem cells within the female tissue to develop into sperm cells, said Professor Karim Nayernia of the University of Newcastle upon Tyne.

    Creating sperm from women would mean they would only be able to produce daughters because the Y chromosome of male sperm would still be needed to produce sons. The latest research brings the prospect of female-only conception a step closer.

    Thank the Independent for this.  They found the information.  Those Brits sure know how to find the juicy stuff, don't they?
    Being able to create sperm from, gasp, BONE MARROW is huge.  What a tremendous scientific achievement!  Now, though, I'm envisioning a world without men....
    - No Super Bowl Sunday.
    ...I'd miss the commercials, but meh.
    - No Boy Scouts.
    ...but we'd still have Girl Scout cookies.
    - The Pope?  Female.
    ...interesting idea.
    - Oprah as President.
    ...we could do worse.  Much, much worse.
    - Most popular spectator sport is probably figure skating.
    ...a terrifying prospect, but who watches TV anymore?
    So far, I'm shockingly unfazed.  Maybe that's because I have a daughter myself (so the selfish genes will live on), but really, I was waiting for that BLAM impact, and haven't seen it yet.  Interesting.
    Time to face it, gentlemen: we can be replaced.  Stop being just that guy who only makes an intelligent decision when there is a decent woman there to let you know that you're being a goofball.  Adapt or perish!


    1 Comment:

    Anonymous said...

    How about adoption? You wouldn't have to mess with bone marrow and you'd make displaced children happy. And going to such an extent
    to procreate? It's not like humans are an endangered species.

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