Ethical storm flares as British scientists create artificial sperm from human stem cells | Mail Online
MICHAEL HANLON: Are we on the brink of a society without any need for men? | Mail OnlineIn a world first, British scientists have grown human sperm in the laboratory.
The breakthrough in stem cell science offers a potential cure for male infertility and could be used in IVF clinics in as little as five years.
It would allow thousands of men to father children that are genetically their own, possibly from just a sliver of their skin.
But the cutting-edge work is fraught with medical and ethical problems.
Good news or bad?For the first time, the possibility of 'parthenogenesis' - or 'virgin reproduction' - has come within scientific reach.
Put at its crudest, we now face the possibility of a world where women do not need men to make babies - with all of the immense moral, ethical and philosophical questions that raises.
Are we going too far across that line?
As the law stands right now, creating any form of life or fertility treatment through cloning or atificial sperm is illegal and will stay that way, it will need a primary legislation to change it but seeing women can have IVF. Shouldn't men also be able to eventually get access to the same treatment? Infertility of men has been slowly increasing.
I think the law should be amended if needed for the scientists to research and more power given to the independent body to regulate and enforce the rules.