Artificial gametes: new paths to parenthood?

A J Newson, A C Smajdor

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A number of recent papers have described the successful derivation of egg and sperm precursor cells from mouse embryonic stem cells—so-called “artificial” gametes. Although many scientific questions remain, this research suggests numerous new possibilities for stem cell research and assisted reproductive technology, if a similar breakthrough is achieved with human embryonic stem cells. The novel opportunities raised by artificial gametes also prompt new ethical questions, such as whether same-sex couples should be able to access this technology to have children who are genetically related to them both.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)184-186
Number of pages3
JournalJournal of Medical Ethics
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2005


  • Animals
  • Cell Differentiation
  • Ethics, Research
  • Female
  • Germ Cells
  • Humans
  • Infertility
  • Male
  • Mice
  • Parenting
  • Reproductive Techniques, Assisted
  • Stem Cells

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