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Revolutionary Technique To Derive Human Sperm From Stem Cells

Submitted by on July 24, 2009 – 5:04 pmOne Comment

Stem cells have yet again proven their versatility as British researchers on Wednesday asserted to have successfully produced human sperms from stem cells. Several doubts seem to have been raised by experts who beg to differ on the matter.

Scientists at Newcastle University in joint endeavor with the North East England Stem Cell Institute have devised a radical approach to obtain what they proclaim as sperm cells from nascent stem cells.

Stem cells have the ability to transform into any cell in the body. Research senior at Newcastle University, Karim Nayernia on Wednesday remarked on the immense versatility of stem cells, stating how the procedure would provide an insight to the researchers on the way the sperms were produced, that would go a long way in evolving effective treatments for male infertility.

The revolutionary research was circulated on Wednesday in the Stem Cells and Development periodical. Many professionals in the field have been quite sceptical in regards to this research proclaiming the laboratory generated sperms were visibly nonstandard.

Allan Pacey, a senior andrology lecturer in University of Sheffield was uncertain about the publication stating that the sperms derived from the emergent stem cells could be precisely called spermatozoa. Pacey contradicted Nayernia’s research by proclaiming that the artificially generated sperms lacked the characteristic nature, mobility and utility.

A physiology and reproduction professor of University of Cambridge, Azim Surani believed the sperms developed by the Nayernia and his accomplices were far off from being genuine sperm cells.

Some like Robin Lovell-Badge, a stem cell specialist in the National Institute of Medical Research believed that in spite of the negativity displayed by many towards this research, the Newcastle Team have made significant steps forward in deriving human sperms from embryonic stem cells.

Nayernia defended his claim by stating that the laboratory derives sperms demonstrated all the attributes of the innate form. Nayernia had stated that their latest endeavor was not just utilizing the sperms produced to fertilize eggs but as a means to unlock new arenas of research and development.

Nayernia stated that the creation of embryos using laboratory derived sperms is barred by UK Law.

While some law makers were of the view that provisos should be introduced to permit sperm cells derived from stem cells to be used in trials for prospective infertility cure treatments.

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  • rendev says:

    Fantastic Work!
    British scientists have created human sperm using embryonic stem cells for the first time, which they say will lead to a better understanding of the causes of infertility. It would be effective treatments for male infertility. This discovery also helps to better understand how genetic diseases were passed from generation to generation. Thanks!

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