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No men OR women needed: Scientists create sperm and eggs from stem cells
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-1223617/No-men-OR-women-needed-artificial-sperm-eggs-created-time.html ^ | October 29th, 2009

Posted on 10/29/2009 10:51:04 AM PDT by TaraP

Human eggs and sperm have been grown in the laboratory in research which could change the face of parenthood. It paves the way for a cure for infertility and could help those left sterile by cancer treatment to have children who are biologically their own. But it raises a number of moral and ethical concerns. These include the possibility of children being born through entirely artificial means, and men and women being sidelined from the process of making babies. Opponents argue that it is wrong to meddle with the building blocks of life and warn that the advances taking place to tackle infertility risk distorting and damaging relations between family members. The U.S. government-funded research also offers the prospect of a 'miracle pill' which staves off the menopause, allowing women to wait longer to have a child. It centres on stem cells, widely seen as a repair kit for the body. Scientists at Stanford University in California found the right cocktail of chemicals and vitamins to coax the cells into becoming eggs and sperm.

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1 posted on 10/29/2009 10:51:05 AM PDT by TaraP
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2 posted on 10/29/2009 10:51:50 AM PDT by TaraP (*Religion* is Man trying to reach GOD.Christ is GOD reaching out to Man.)
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To: TaraP
No men OR women needed: Scientists create sperm and eggs from stem cells

And where do we get these 'Stem Cells'?

3 posted on 10/29/2009 10:52:16 AM PDT by Hodar (Who needs laws .... when this "feels" so right?)
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To: TaraP

That will be awkward for every PTA meeting in the future: teachers talking to test tubes.


4 posted on 10/29/2009 10:55:38 AM PDT by max americana (i)
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To: GodGunsGuts; TaraP

Intelligent Design LOL


5 posted on 10/29/2009 10:56:07 AM PDT by sickoflibs ( "It's not the taxes, the redistribution is the government spending you demand stupid")
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To: TaraP

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=izQB2-Kmiic


6 posted on 10/29/2009 10:56:50 AM PDT by FromLori (FromLori)
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To: TaraP

Call me back when the stems can go through labor & delivery.
:-)


7 posted on 10/29/2009 10:57:51 AM PDT by Protect the Bill of Rights
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To: TaraP

Putting aside the whole right vs. wrong thing...

I think if we’re going to do this, let’s recreate a lot of pretty girls with blond hair and blue eyes.

American society, as a whole, has more than enough orcs to commit murders and rapes and general thievery.

Let’s hope these scientists help populate the U.S. with beautiful Maria Sharapova looking girls. Other pretty girls too! Lots and lots of them.


8 posted on 10/29/2009 10:59:26 AM PDT by BertWheeler (Dance and the World Dances With You!)
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To: BertWheeler
But you might get this..
9 posted on 10/29/2009 11:06:06 AM PDT by TaraP (*Religion* is Man trying to reach GOD.Christ is GOD reaching out to Man.)
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To: sickoflibs

Done by idiots.


10 posted on 10/29/2009 11:07:28 AM PDT by bmwcyle (We need more Joe Wilson's. OBAMA is ACORN ACORN is OBAMA)
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To: TaraP
This has been coming for a long time. Ten years ago scientists in Britain were working on (and have nearly perfected) a technique known as somatic cell nuclear transfer that would allow two lesbians to have a full, biological child of their own. Within 20 years, the world will be full of children that have two biological moms, two biological dads, or even perhaps the combination of several parents to create what scientists have called "super" babies with better immune systems, higher intelligence, and more attractive features.

The greatest questions of our age will come down to scientific ethics. Our technology is beginning to outpace, at a drastic rate, the discussion about whether or not something is wise. With much of these advances coming from beyond America's borders, our own laws are going to have a limited influence on whether or not something is permitted.

Take stem cells. Here, many treatments are prohibited due to the use of fetal stem cell cultures. Yet, my eye doctor has sent 3 or 4 patients to Spain to get an injection in the eye for a rare degeneration disease that causes total blindness. She said the treatment was $35,000 but you had the leave the country and she'd arrange the referral. A lot of her patients are Catholic and she said the moment they find out their 9 year old son or daughter won't be able to see, they lose all inhibitions or religious convictions because their one objective is to do whatever it takes to protect their child.

Ethical? Moral? I'm 100% Pro-Life but I'd do everything in my power to protect my kids; there's no way I'd let them go blind if I could do something about it, regardless of the cost. The new frontiers are causing things to get messy.

11 posted on 10/29/2009 11:08:08 AM PDT by WallStreetCapitalist
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To: TaraP

Do the stem cells come from a tablespoon of dust?


12 posted on 10/29/2009 11:16:19 AM PDT by babygene
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To: TaraP

Maybe some day making babies the old-fashioned way will become retro-cool.


13 posted on 10/29/2009 11:17:49 AM PDT by married21
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To: married21

Why don’t the women just enslave us men and turn us into mere objects?


14 posted on 10/29/2009 11:20:48 AM PDT by Scythian
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To: WallStreetCapitalist
Our technology is beginning to outpace, at a drastic rate, the discussion about whether or not something is wise.

Precisely. My posting name is taken from a character in Aldous Huxley's prophetic novel "Brave New World." Our current dilemma was foreseen by Huxley and others as far back as the 1930s. The dystopia he envisioned is practically upon us.

We humans are a foolish and arrogant bunch. In Earth's history, the 2-3 million year time span of our species is barely more than the thickness of the ink on a single page of an unabridged dictionary.

The dinosaurs, as slow-witted as we presume them to be, were around for about 185 million years. They would probably still be the planet's dominant species had they not been destroyed by an asteroid or a similar catastrophe. I think humanity will self-destruct by means of our own "cleverness" long before an asteroid has the opportunity to do us in. We can't resist the temptation to play Prometheus or Dr. Frankenstein.

15 posted on 10/29/2009 11:35:25 AM PDT by Bernard Marx ("Civilizations die by suicide, not from murder" Toynbee)
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To: TaraP
"Pick your sons, pick your daughters too
From the bottom of a long glass tube"
16 posted on 10/29/2009 11:37:07 AM PDT by nina0113
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To: WallStreetCapitalist
Unless they're inducing natural Meiosis on the cells, I think the evidence suggests that it won't produce heathy and normal children. We know from Turner's Syndrome (where an infertile girl is born with only a single "X" chromosome and no "Y", either) that their personality depends on whether they get their "X" chromosome from their father (more feminine behavior) or mother (more masculine behavior) which suggests that the chromosomes undergo transformations more significant than simply splitting their chromosomes during Meiosis. There is still a great deal that they do not understand about how genes work.
17 posted on 10/29/2009 11:38:46 AM PDT by Question_Assumptions
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To: FromLori

In the year 9595,
Helen Thomas is still alive...


18 posted on 10/29/2009 11:39:51 AM PDT by Poe White Trash (Wake up!)
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To: TaraP

Get yourself prepared. Be prepared for God to provide us with His opinion of mankind trying to step into His shoes. Personally, nothing our imaginations can conjur up can prepare you for how God will chastise the world for this “science.”


19 posted on 10/29/2009 11:43:11 AM PDT by Integrityrocks
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To: TaraP

My name is 905!


20 posted on 10/29/2009 11:53:25 AM PDT by HEY4QDEMS
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To: WallStreetCapitalist
A lot of her patients are Catholic and she said the moment they find out their 9 year old son or daughter won't be able to see, they lose all inhibitions or religious convictions because their one objective is to do whatever it takes to protect their child.

And how many of those same parents, if told that they could get a transplant that they needed to save their child's life on the black market in Asia and knowing that the "donor" migth be an executed political prisoner or even a poor person murdered for their organs would make that choice, too? Of course many would. We care more about family than strangers and more about people we can see than people we can't. That's why ultrasounds and pictures of actual abortions are so important. It makes it real and closes the moral distance.

21 posted on 10/29/2009 11:53:45 AM PDT by Question_Assumptions
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To: TaraP

With my luck, you are very correct!


22 posted on 10/29/2009 12:06:15 PM PDT by BertWheeler (Dance and the World Dances With You!)
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To: TaraP

Is that a video game?


23 posted on 10/29/2009 12:31:25 PM PDT by diamond6 (Is SIDS preventable? www.Stopsidsnow.com)
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To: TaraP

Still gonna need women until somebody comes up with an artificial uterus.


24 posted on 10/29/2009 12:32:54 PM PDT by <1/1,000,000th%
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To: TaraP
There is a difference between “can” and “should”. Because you can do something, does not mean that you should do it. It reminds me of the movie, “Matrix,” when people are not born but grown. I suspect that in the future sexual intercourse will be strictly for recreation and entertainment, and that the state will become our parent and our god. In many ways, we have already reached that prediction with abortion and “entitlements.”
25 posted on 10/29/2009 1:25:08 PM PDT by Nosterrex
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To: Nosterrex

They are using Embryonic Stem Cells here.

The thing is that you are killing babies to make them. It’s no different than what they do sometimes during an abortion, is they harvest the eggs from the unborn girl, which then are used later on. It’s very, very profitable.


26 posted on 10/29/2009 2:37:10 PM PDT by BenKenobi
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To: BenKenobi
History is replete with societies that practiced infanticide and abortion. The Hebrews, pre-Israelites, were unique in that they believed that every stage of human life was sacred and a gift from God. This belief is reflected in the Judeo-Christian ethos. As our nation becomes more secular, the view of children as a blessing and gift is transformed into obligation and mistake, and human life is no longer seen as sacred. Many people believe that a human being is no more valuable than a pig or a dog. Animals kill and eat their offspring, so why not humans? Much of what I see today that goes as the “new morality,” is really the old morality of paganism.
27 posted on 10/29/2009 3:38:46 PM PDT by Nosterrex
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