Cambridge university researchers' breakthrough paves way for same sex couple babies

Posted: February 23, 2015 at 1:52 am

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Researchers from Cambridge University have shown for the first time that it is possible to make human egg and sperm cells using skin from two adults of the same sex.

The scientific breakthrough may lead to a baby being made in a dish from the skin cells of two adults of the same sex, bringing hope to gay people.

The project, funded by the Wellcome Trust, was achieved at Cambridge University with Israels Weizmann Institute of Science.

The scientists used stem cell lines from embryos as well as from the skin of five different adults.

Ten different donor sources have been used so far and new germ-cell lines have been created from all of them, researchers said.

A gene called SOX1 has turned out to be critical in the process of reprogramming human cells, according to a report in a national newspaper.

The details of the technique were published in the journal Cell.

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Cambridge university researchers' breakthrough paves way for same sex couple babies

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