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   Nirvana  Tuesday Jan 3 12:07 PM

Jan 3rd 2012 Who's Your Daddy?

Scientists grow sperm in laboratory dish


Scientists have made a major breakthrough that could soon see human sperm grown in the laboratory.

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The development opens up the possibility of infertile men being able to father their own children rather than using donor sperm.

Researchers in Germany and Israel were able to grow mouse sperm from a few cells in a laboratory dish.

In a world first a team headed by Professor Stefan Schlatt, at Muenster University in Germany, were able to grow sperm by using germ cells. These are the cells in testicles that are responsible for sperm production.

Scientists grew the sperm by surrounding the germ cells in a special compound called agar jelly to create an environment similar to that found in testicles.

Prof. Mahmoud Huleihel, who also grew the sperm at Israel's Ben Gurion University in Beersheba, said: "I believe it will eventually be possible to routinely grow human male sperm to order by extracting tissue containing germ cells from a man's testicle and stimulating sperm production in the laboratory."

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Sheldonrs  Tuesday Jan 3 12:15 PM

I prefer mine on tap from the meat tube, not the test tube.



CaliforniaMama  Tuesday Jan 3 12:31 PM

I can see it all now, instead of internet dating, it will be internet breeding.

You join a breeding service and choose the qualities you want in your child's sperm donation. You buy the sperm, have it invitroed, test tubed, or whatever, and grow your baby by design.

It can even work the other way round using surrogate moms. Dads can search for the qualities they want in their egg donation, have it do the dance with his sperm, have the surrogate grow the baby and voila, he has the child of his own making.

Won't that be wonderful?



glatt  Tuesday Jan 3 12:32 PM

"The main thing that would have to be proved is that the sperm was not genetically damaged and was the same as sperm produced in the testes. Similar checks are already carried out on eggs and embryos used in women's fertility treatment."

Very interesting. I guess germ cells are like baby sperm. So they are getting naturally occurring germ cells and just incubating them so they can turn into sperm.

I was thinking they were making some sort of artificial sperm or cloned sperm, and that kind of defeats the whole point, since you want a lot of diversity between all the little swimmers so only the strongest and fastest ones survive. But using this method, they are getting the same sperm that would come out anyway if everything was working correctly. Pretty cool.



footfootfoot  Tuesday Jan 3 01:20 PM

This can only be good news.



HungLikeJesus  Tuesday Jan 3 01:47 PM

That should help solve the world's underpopulation problem.



infinite monkey  Tuesday Jan 3 02:16 PM

Quote:
Originally Posted by HungLikeJesus View Post
That should help solve the world's underpopulation problem.
I wuv oo!


Pete Zicato  Tuesday Jan 3 02:42 PM

Two bits of trivia for you:

1) Zing #2 goes to Indiana University at Bloomington. I have a red T shirt with the logo "Hoosier Daddy".

2) I heard this on NPR while on Christmas vacation. The first media use of the phrase "Who's your Daddy?" was in "Time of the Season" by the Zombies.



infinite monkey  Tuesday Jan 3 02:44 PM

3) Bloomington was where they filmed one of the best little sleeper films of all time: Breaking Away.



Pete Zicato  Tuesday Jan 3 02:49 PM

Quote:
Originally Posted by infinite monkey View Post
3) Bloomington was where they filmed one of the best little sleeper films of all time: Breaking Away.
As IU will remind you repeatedly.


HungLikeJesus  Tuesday Jan 3 03:59 PM

I've got that in my queue. Is it good?



Lamplighter  Tuesday Jan 3 04:02 PM

Dave: Buon giorno, papa!
Dad: I'm not "papa." I'm your god-damned father.



infinite monkey  Tuesday Jan 3 04:14 PM

I saw it with a bunch of guys and girls. Everytime we were together after that I remember Scott B saying "REFUND? REFUND?"

It's really great, HLJ.

"Well, we're a little disturbed by developments in the Middle East, but...""



SPUCK  Wednesday Jan 4 06:40 AM

Wait a minute.. Isn't this going to select for males without the ability to um.. do their own work?

Ahh I see. Once there are only a few males that can 'git er done' they will switch to government allotted sperm generation.

"I'm sorry sir you've been de-selected because of.... yes, a parking ticket back on April 3rd. So sorry for you... NEXT!"



Degrees  Wednesday Jan 4 09:26 AM

This is great news

I know a guy who got German Measles as a kid and in now infertile. This would let him and his wife finally have kids.



HungLikeJesus  Wednesday Jan 4 09:49 AM

I don't get it. Why would someone intentionally have children?



Spexxvet  Wednesday Jan 4 10:02 AM




classicman  Wednesday Jan 4 11:05 AM

Quote:
Originally Posted by HungLikeJesus View Post
I don't get it. Why would someone intentionally have children?
I've been asking myself that a lot lately.


BigV  Wednesday Jan 4 02:48 PM

the liquor makes it hard to remember.



ZenGum  Friday Jan 6 07:19 PM

Quote:
Originally Posted by HungLikeJesus View Post
I don't get it. Why would someone intentionally have children?
As a sacrifice to cleanse the sins of the world?

Quote:
Originally Posted by BigV View Post
the liquor makes it hard to remember.
Licker? It takes more than that!


infinite monkey  Friday Jan 6 07:58 PM

Liquor in the front.
Poker in the rear.













Nirvana  Friday Jan 6 11:09 PM

Quote:
Originally Posted by infinite monkey View Post
Liquor in the front.
Poker in the rear.

That won't make any kids


Trilby  Saturday Jan 7 06:20 AM

Liquor=children...liquor=children....

hard to say.

I had my first kid because I was clean and sober.

I had my second kid because we drank all the tequila in the bar.

I don't know what kind of conclusions to make from that data.



footfootfoot  Saturday Jan 7 09:21 AM

Which kid came out better?



infinite monkey  Saturday Jan 7 09:32 AM

The liquored up one just slid right out?



footfootfoot  Saturday Jan 7 09:45 AM

Cigarettes and booze are prescribed for pregnant women, it reduces the birth weight of the baby and makes for an easier delivery



Trilby  Saturday Jan 7 10:56 AM

Quote:
Originally Posted by footfootfoot View Post
Which kid came out better?
Define "better"




footfootfoot  Saturday Jan 7 10:58 AM

I hesitate to define that.



Trilby  Saturday Jan 7 11:05 AM

Quote:
Originally Posted by footfootfoot View Post
I hesitate to define that.
Me, too.

Kids are weird. Technically speaking, I have two first borns as they both are the one and only child of two different guys.

They are both the only male flag-bearer for their papas last names.

eta: anyway, I think I'm going to do the sensible and responsible thing and see which one is best based on how many dream vacations they take me on.


classicman  Saturday Jan 7 12:00 PM

So far its a tie then?



footfootfoot  Saturday Jan 7 12:45 PM




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