The British government said yesterday it is considering lifting a ban that prevents babies from being conceived using sperm and eggs derived from stem cells. Currently, gametes derived from stem cells are used for medical research, but British law imposes a blanket ban on their use in assisted reproduction. Following pressure from MPs to relax the ban, the Department of Health has agreed it will "look further into this matter," according to the linkurl:Associated Press.;http://www.iht.com/articles/ap/2008/03/09/europe/EU-GEN-Britain-Artificial-Sperm.php The technique could allow infertile people to have children who are genetically related to them, although so far pregnancies have been successful only in mice. In 2006, linkurl:Karim Nayernia;http://www.ncl.ac.uk/ihg/staff/profile/karim.nayernia of Newcastle University created linkurl:seven mice;http://www.developmentalcell.com/content/article/abstract?uid=PIIS1534580706002486 using sperm grown from embryonic stem cells. And last year, Nayernia also made immature linkurl:human sperm cells;http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/17566262?ordinalpos=2&itool=EntrezSystem2.PEntrez.Pubmed.Pubmed_ResultsPanel.Pubmed_RVDocSum from bone marrow stem cells. Unlike Britain, there are currently no legal restrictions on using stem cell derived gametes for research or in...
The Scientistlinkurl:The Observer;http://www.guardian.co.uk/politics/2008/mar/09/houseofcommons.medicalresearch
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