Scientists have recently succeeded for the very first time in growing human eggs in a laboratory setting. Not only did they grow the human eggs, they grew them to full maturity, which is a major game changer. While we had done this before in mice, making the move to actual human eggs was something we did not know was accomplishable right now.
The results of this study were published in the journal Molecular Human Reproduction just this past week. According to several scientists from across the globe, these findings could help big time when it comes to infertility treatments and therapies for things of the sort. This research came directly from two research hospitals in Edinburgh and the Center for Human Reproduction in New York.
This was the very first time that human eggs have ever been developed outside the human body from the early stages all the way through. This is monumental, to say the least. Who knew we would be able to do such amazing things in this lifetime?
Evelyn Telfer who co-led this study/work told Reuters as follows:
“Being able to fully develop human eggs in the lab could widen the scope of available fertility treatments. We are not working on optimizing the conditions that support egg development in this way and studying how healthy they are.”
While there is a lot more research and testing that needs to be done before we used these eggs to create actual babies the base is exactly where it needs to be. This is the foundation for something amazing. Using these eggs as we would our own is quite the option and seems to be very likely in the future after the proper research has been carried out.
What do you think about this? It would be marvelous to have more options readily available for those who struggle with fertility. Sure, this is just one stepping stone but it is a HUGE one at that. In time we will know if these eggs are safe or if they need to be reworked. I cannot wait to see where this research leads us.
We are well on our way. This could be exactly what many people have been looking for. This could help many preserve their fertility through difficult medical treatments and other issues. Don’t get me wrong, I could see how this would be a bit controversial but it is enormous nonetheless. The benefits will be seemingly endless once everything is as it should be.
(Image Via: Doctor David Albertini/University of Edinburgh)