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Will new fertility research make men obsolete?

kombizz 13 601 1 United States
17 Jul 2009 10:34AM
Will new fertility research make men obsolete?

Women run companies, governments, banks, and road crews. They drive big-rigs, serve in the military, and lead scientific research, all while raising a family. It’s true; women can bring home the bacon and fry it up in a pan. But don’t women need men to make babies?

The news that scientists have created sperm cells out of stem cells raises the question, doesn’t it? After all, evolutionary biologists have noted that the Y (male) chromosome has been losing its genes for millennia. Maybe evolution will just write males off someday.

What if this scientific discovery suddenly made men obsolete, even for procreation? Let’s face it, gone are the days when men were the all-in-one breadwinner, handyman and paterfamilias. If you don’t need him to make a family, what’s left? If your man is reading this over your shoulder, tell him to relax. It’s not going to happen anytime soon. Here’s the story:

British scientists at NorthEast England Stem Cell Institute (NESCI) claim they’ve been able to create human sperm out of embryonic stem cells.

But let’s not jump to conclusions, say critics. University of Sheffield lecturer Allan Pacey issued a statement in which he says the sperm created at NESCI did not have the specific shape, movement and function of real sperm.

Jeanne O’Brien, M.D., assistant professor of urology and male infertility at the University of Rochester Medical Center agrees. “Just because it looks like naturally occurring sperm doesn’t mean it acts like it.”

And that’s not the only problem. First off, says Dr. O’Brien, the research is in super preliminary stages. “It really needs to be evaluated further in the reproductive community to understand exactly what’s going on.” In other words, is this for real?

So far, researchers have only been able to use stems cell with the XY (male) chromosome to create “in-vitro derived (IVD) sperm.” When scientists tried to create IVD sperm from cells with the XX (female) chromosome they weren’t able to move beyond early stage sperm. Guys, you may down, but you are not out yet. Even in the lab we still need the Y chromosome.

Beside, says Dr. O’Brien, a bunch of sperm from one line of stem cells means that the next generation would look a lot alike. Because the original stem cells came from one source, every cell created from them would have identical genetic material.

So what does the future hold if the research progresses? Will men actually become obsolete, at least from an evolutionary perspective? No way, says Dr. O’Brien. “It’s kind of a far out idea. It makes me think of Wonder Woman and the island of the Amazons.” For now, it’s all test tubes, lab coats and hypotheses. “Its application in real life is probably quite far in the future,” says Dr. O’Brien.

Since the technology is brand new and no babies have been conceived, let alone born, the mating game is still on.

So, I wonder what would be the future for all of ePhotozine men photographers?

What do you think?

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Henchard 13 2.7k 1 United Kingdom
17 Jul 2009 10:40AM
Nah of course not, women wouldn't have anyone to get the spiders out of the bath.
Nigeyboy 9 848 United Kingdom
17 Jul 2009 10:42AM
. . . .or make the decision's

. . . .. . or read maps . . . .

. . . ."retreats to his concrete bunker and puts on tin hat" . . . . . .
GreyMoonRising 9 1.5k 1
17 Jul 2009 10:56AM
If there were no Men..who would Women have to moan about?
Carabosse 14 41.0k 269 England
17 Jul 2009 11:22AM
Test-tube babies have been with us for a long time. When they find a way of incubating for the whole of the 9-month period, artificially, it may be women that become obselete! Grin
wrinkles 9 351 United Kingdom
17 Jul 2009 11:53AM
Perhaps Man,and Women have run their course, technology is taking over.
mcgovernjon 9 138 United Kingdom
17 Jul 2009 1:58PM
Aldous Huxely was right again... did you know he said that in the future people would be obsessed with "cordless phones"...?
strawman 14 22.1k 16 United Kingdom
17 Jul 2009 2:24PM
Men are fine, someone has to drink beer, fart, hog the remote control, and leave the toilet seat up.
JimL Plus
11 206 United Kingdom
17 Jul 2009 2:27PM
I can't understand why woman would want to be rid of men anyway?
Carabosse 14 41.0k 269 England
17 Jul 2009 2:29PM

Quote:Men are fine, someone has to drink beer, fart, hog the remote control, and leave the toilet seat up.

And build roads and houses, clean the sewers, fix cars and a multitude of other things that even "multitasking" women baulk at! Grin
strawman 14 22.1k 16 United Kingdom
17 Jul 2009 2:33PM
Alas CB, you may have just proven that women are the smarter of the species Wink
Carabosse 14 41.0k 269 England
17 Jul 2009 2:34PM
Oh I'm all for more women in positions of influence. Smile

The trouble is that most of such women, that I have met anyway, are more mannish than men. Sad
8Mfps 9 80 United Kingdom
17 Jul 2009 3:30PM
Woman in a position of influence -- WIFE
Tonyd3 Plus
13 1.1k 17 United Kingdom
17 Jul 2009 4:29PM
My wife has desided she needs a change in her outlook on life...

So i bought her a new kitchen..
keith selmes 14 7.3k 1 United Kingdom
17 Jul 2009 5:39PM

Quote:Nah of course not, women wouldn't have anyone to get the spiders out of the bath.
I immediately think of opening pickle jars and getting things off the top shelf.
I'm sure thats what we're for.
All the other wonderful things we do for them are just bonus.

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