I started this post a while ago. The recent conversations about the sale of foetal tissue have brought all of my thoughts into sharper focus.
Advances in technology mean that we can take more and more control of the reproductive process. Embryos can be created in vitro using eggs and sperm harvested from people who may or may not be a couple.
Embryos can be tested by pre-implantation diagnosis for the absence or presence of life-limiting genetic disorders. Just one cell removed from the bundle of cells which makes up the early embryo, can be processed to reveal the genetic make-up of all of the cells. Each cell is genetically identical and at this stage is pluripotent – capable of developing into any tissue.
To overcome motility or low sperm counts, sperm nuclei can be directly injected into eggs
I have wondered for some time how long it would be before “advances”…
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