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Sidelining Parents

Sex could be ruled out of baby making if new artificial egg and sperm technology takes off.

“Human Sperm and eggs have been grown in the laboratory in a breakthrough process that could change parenthood forever. Infertile men and women could have children that are biologically their own,” writes The website remarks on the moral and ethical concerns of such a break through, where men and women could become sidelined from the baby-making process. The research it cites was published in the Nature journal and centred on stem cell investigation which found that when a cocktail of chemicals and vitamins were applied to “master cells” they became eggs and sperm capable of fertilization.


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