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Full Speed Ahead to “Post Society:” Biotechnology May Permit Women to Become Biological Fathers



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So, now researchers believe they can make sperm from a woman's bone marrow stem cells. And in this way, a woman may one day father a child. From the story in the Independent:

Scientists are seeking ethical permission to produce synthetic sperm cells from a woman's bone marrow tissue after showing that it possible to produce rudimentary sperm cells from male bone-marrow tissue.

The researchers said they had already produced early sperm cells from bone-marrow tissue taken from men. They believe the findings show that it may be possible to restore fertility to men who cannot naturally produce their own sperm.

But the results also raise the prospect of being able to take bone-marrow tissue from women and coaxing the stem cells within the female tissue to develop into sperm cells, said Professor Karim Nayernia of the University of Newcastle upon Tyne....

"Theoretically is it possible," Professor Nayernia said. "The problem is whether the sperm cells are functional or not. I don't think there is an ethical barrier, so long as it's safe. We are in the process of applying for ethical approval. We are preparing now to apply to use the existing bone marrow stem cell bank here in Newcastle. We need permission from the patient who supplied the bone marrow, the ethics committee and the hospital itself."

Swell. Call me a dinosaur (again), but it seems to me that some are so intent on destroying any commonality among us, all sense of normalcy, that if the current trends continue--uterus transplants for men have also been proposed seriously--we will just disintegrate like matter spun into space by a huge centrifuge. We may not be able to become post human the way transhumanists want us to, but the idea that we must cater to any and every individualistic desire can definitely make us post-societal.


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