Looking to make a quick (or not so quick and kind of painful) buck in the recession? New York State is now offering stipends of up to $10,000 to women who donate their eggs to stem-cell research. Researchers are enthralled by this idea, as it means more experimental eggs for them, but some critics fear this new egg market will lead to the exploitation of vulnerable women.
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Itâ€™s alive, itâ€™s aliiiiiiive! German scientists have successful inseminated rats with Franken-sperm, the first lab grown man-juice. Genetics researchers at the University of Goettingen have developed fetuses through embryonic stem cells. Which means if they can transfer this technology to humans, getting pregnant could come self-contained in a chickâ€™s package with no male necessary. While this process wonâ€™t give men a biological tie to the child, it could conceive one from two women, using the stem cells from one lady and the egg from the other. Amazing! The process is still a little shaky, as only 12 out of 65 mice eggs were actually fertilized, and of those, seven died within five months of birth. So, the docs are working out the kinks in the faux-sperm system and a team is even going to England to begin research with human stem cells, since Germany has laws preventing mad scientists from using people parts that way. Dr. Wolfgang Engel is hopeful and promises, “If it works in the mouse, I’m sure it will also work in the human.” [The Sydney Morning Herald]
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