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Transcript by Newsy**** BY UNA LU You're watching multisource science news from Newsy Let’s call it a non-traditional family. Scientists have created mice with two fathers, by a very complex stem cell technology. It opens up the possibility for same-sex couples to have their own genetic children. The Daily Mail explains how it works. 1) First, the researchers used Father A’s skin to create stem cells 2) then they grew the stem cells over and over in a dish until some naturally lost their male Y chromosome 3) These cells, are injected into young embryos which were carried through pregnancy by surrogate mothers. 4) The female mice with these ‘male eggs’ were then mated with another male – Father B. The offspring therefore carried genes contributed entirely from two males. Dizzy? So are we. Even Richard Berhringer, the lead author of the study at M.D. Anderson in Houston admits to Pink News that the process was complicated; but says, if it was refined, it could save endangered species and benefit same-sex couples. “Someday two men could produce their own genetic sons and daughters… It may also be possible to generate sperm from a female donor and produce viable male and female progeny with two mothers.” Trying this in humans? That’s a much bigger challenge. Despite the technical problems... here comes the controversy. A CBC viewer writes: “For this to work in same sex human couples you'd have to wait until you were old enough to be a grandfather to have children with your partner's female child clone. “ The Examiner warns of possible legal and ethical issues: “European, Asian and Indian medical facilities will offer the procedure to persons in the United States that could spawn a new definition of citizenship and even question the validity of the child as a human being (the X-Man of the future.)” In fact, previous research has found ways to create mice with two mothers. TG Daily says: “2004 Japanese scientists successfully created mice with two mothers. The achievement led to panic in the right-wing press - and perhaps slightly nicer behavior from men worried about being made evolutionarily redundant.” So what do you think? Is this another creepy bio-technology advancement, or new hope for same-sex couples. Get news with analysis from Newsy
14 Dec 2010
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