Friday, April 13, 2007



Fucking the natural order

A couple of years ago, scientists in the US achieved an enormous breakthrough: they took stem cells from a mouse, artificially differentiated them into sperm, and fertilised an egg with the result. Now, they've begun duplicating the process in humans, successfully differentiating human bone marrow stem cells into spermatagonial cells, the precursors of sperm. It's only the first step, and there's still a long way to go, but if it pans out it will see us able to differentiate both sperm and eggs, vastly increasing the range of infertility problems which can be treated, as well as allowing gay couples to have kids using only their own genetic material (gay males would obviously still need to find a birth mother). And given the centrality of children to many people's lives, and the degree of unhappiness infertility can cause, IMHO that can only be a Good Thing.

5 comments:

But ... but ... TEH GAY!!!11!1!!

Posted by teh snarkster : 4/13/2007 05:45:00 PM

And? That doesn't mean they might not want children, and now (well, in ten or twenty years anyway, if the research is successful) nature won't be a barrier to it.

This means that more people will be able to satisfy their desires. Sounds pretty good to me.

Posted by Idiot/Savant : 4/14/2007 12:11:00 AM

and IMHO, the rate at which science's ability to do things exceeds society's ability to deal with the consequences of doing those same things continues to accelerate..

Posted by Huskynut : 4/15/2007 02:24:00 AM

Yeah, nothing like "people as products" to make for a better world.

Anyone remember Dune and the axolotl tanks?

Posted by muerk : 4/15/2007 04:13:00 AM

Gives new meaning to the old "knee humping".

Posted by Anonymous : 4/15/2007 09:30:00 AM