Don't you wonder sometimes where science will lead us next? This story has a couple interesting facets.
Researchers in England have cultivated human sperm cells using male bone marrow. This would give infertile men a chance of biological parenting. (Not that Americans need another excuse not to adopt children that are already available and waiting for good homes, but for some folks an adopted child isn't "their" child if there's not a biological link. As a gay parent, I heartily disagree.)
But here's where things get even more attention grabbing... What if you use a woman's bone marrow instead of a man's?
You can still produce sperm cells.
Creating a child using "female" sperm sperm would only produce daughters as the Y chromosome needed to result in a male foetus can only come from male sperm.
The concept of a child conceived by two women is possible, said Professor Nayernia.
"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," he said, according to the Belfast Telegraph.
"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.
Doesn't that raise all sorts of possibilities? The fact that two lesbians would only be able to "sire" a daughter is absolutely fascinating... I can hear the Amazon jokes already...
So what do you think? Is it a good thing? Is it bad? What are the implications? Is this just another procedure like test tube babies, sperm banks, etc.? What are the ethics involved?