The Guardian reports that Dutch researchers have been awarded a €2.9 million grant to develop a prototype artificial uterus. Though artificial uteri have several benefits, they also raise a multitude of ethical questions.
Dutch urologist Gert Dohle argues that the quality of sperm is declining as result of certain substances (especially Bisphenol A) found in wide range of plastic products as well pesticides. According to Dohle does chemicals have a negative impact on the development of male fetuses. Continue reading Decreasing quality of sperm due to polution
Tony Perry of Bath University argues that skin cells could be used to creat mammalian embryos, both of endangered species and humans. As a fertility treatment for humans, this has several potential applications. Continue reading From skin to egg
Robin Baker describes in his book Sex in the Future, a new method of contraception. This system consists of three components: sterilization, storage of sperm and eggs, in vitro fertilization. According to Baker this system has the following benefits. First sterilization is quite effective in preventing unwanted pregnancies. But by storing human gametes outside the body and ivf, sterilized people can have children when they desire. Continue reading The prospect of artificial sperm and eggs
It has been done: the first baby has been born after a womb transplant. Swedish doctors have transplanted a womb into a 36-year-old woman who subsequently got pregnant and give birth to a son. Though being born prematurely, he is healthy. You could read more in The Guardian.