Turning back the clock on female reproductive health: stem cells can create eggs

Once you’re done, you’re done. That’s the story women have been given for over sixty years: that they’re given a set of eggs at birth that cannot be replaced once they’ve been exhausted. This is the prevailing theory behind much of fertility treatment for women, as well.

But now one scientist has been able to isolate stem cells in human ovaries, stimulate them and put them inside a mouse ovary to produce new human eggs. The implications of this are enormous, both for fertility treatment and for the advancement of further stem cell research.

This is also possibly the dawn of a new era of an unthinking and unstoppable army clones, controlled by drones. But perhaps I’m getting ahead of myself….

Egg-making stem cells found in adult ovaries : Nature News & Comment.

By Tommy Belknap

Owner, developer, editor of DragonFlyEye.Net, Tom Belknap is also a freelance journalist for The 585 lifestyle magazine. He lives in the Rochester area with his wife and son.