Current controversy: Artificial gametes: new paths to parenthood?

AJ Newson, AC Smajdor

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A number of recent papers have described the successful derivation of egg and sperm precursor cells from mouse embryonic stem cells - so-called 'artificial' gametes. Although many scientific questions remain, this research suggests numerous new possibilities for stem cell research and assisted reproductive technology, not to mention the likelihood that a similar breakthrough will be sought with human embryonic stem cells. The novel opportunities raised by artificial gametes also prompt new ethical questions, such as how this technology should be assessed in light of current conceptions of parenthood.
Translated title of the contributionCurrent controversy: Artificial gametes: new paths to parenthood?
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)184 - 186
Number of pages3
JournalJournal of Medical Ethics
Volume31 (3)
Publication statusPublished - 2005

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Publisher: BMJ Publishing Group


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