'Test-Tube' Sperm

will men become 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?

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