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Scientists create ‘human sperm’ in laboratory

8th July 2009

Scientists claim to have created human sperm in a laboratory for the very first time.

The researchers from Newcastle report the sperm was created using embryonic stem cells and expressed hope it would help better understand fertility in the future.

Professor Karim Nayernia from Newcastle University said: “This is an important development as it will allow researchers to study in detail how sperm forms and lead to a better understanding of infertility in men – why it happens and what is causing it.

Scientists from the university and the NorthEast England Stem Cell Institute (NESCI) developed the sperm from stem cells with XY chromosomes derived from human embryos donated following IVF treatment.

The cells were then put in a chemical mixture to encourage them to grow and tagged to allow scientists to identify and separate germline cells ? from which eggs and sperm are developed.

The XY cells then had their number of chromosomes halved.

The authors of the study, which is published in the journal Stem Cells and Development, claim the research could also lead to a better understanding of how genetic diseases are passed on.

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