Posted by: 2in10 | 01/11/2011

two fathers

I quote writer Gautam Naik in The Wall Street Journal on December 10, 2010:

Scientists have created mice that are the genetic product of two fathers, the latest in a series of unusual experiments in mammalian reproduction.

That got my attention.

Researchers at University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center and elsewhere first engineered a female mouse whose eggs held DNA from a male. When the female mated with another male, the offspring had genetic contributions entirely from two males. The study appears online in the peer-reviewed journal Biology of Reproduction.

M.D. Anderson Cancer Center!

While technically intriguing, the achievement’s practical benefits are far from clear. Any move to try the experiment in people is certain to be more complicated and controversial.

I hope so!

It will be interesting to see where this leads.

Carolyn

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