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Designer babies

February 27, 2015

Researchers from Cambridge University and the Wiezmann Institute have created germ cells from skin stem cells. (Cite.) This will be a large step for infertility treatment, possibly providing the first practical method for biological reproduction that doesn’t depend on getting germ cells from the prospective parents. A woman who has lost her ovaries or a man who has lost his testes still could become a genetic parent.

Of course, what has social conservatives’ heads spinning is that a same sex couple could become the genetic parents of a child. They had best develop limber necks — we’re still at the start of a long and rapidly accelerating course.

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