Kate Kelland of Reuters Reports, “Scientists Grow Human Eggs to Full Maturity in a Lab”
For the first time, scientists carried out successful research by growing human eggs from the earliest stage to full maturity. According to the Molecular Human Reproduction journal, this could help in generating reproductive medicine therapies and new infertility treatment.
Previously, scientists have been able to develop mouse eggs to produce offspring. But for the first time, human eggs were developed to full maturity from the earliest stage by scientists at two hospitals in Edinburg and the Center for Human Reproduction in New York.
Evelyn Telfer, who co-led the work said “Being able to fully develop human eggs in the lab could widen the scope of available fertility treatments. We are now working on optimizing the conditions that support egg development in this way and studying how healthy they are.”
There are several controversial comments made by scientists on this exciting experiment. Some believe that much more efforts need to be put in, while others see it as a technical achievement that will be feasible in the future.
With success and safety rates, a scientist proposed that in the future, this research could help cancers patients who are undergoing treatments to preserve their fertility.
A genetics professor at Kent University in the UK, Dr. Darren Griffin stated that the practice was “an impressive technical achievement.”
This research has proven to be life-changing research as it will help in so many unwanted cases of fertility, especially for cancer patients. This has also created a promising platform for advanced procreation.