Scientists Create Artificial Ovary

100914102108Another portion of “the miracle of life” mastered by scientists? Science Daily reports:

Researchers at Brown University and Women & Infants Hospital have invented the first artificial human ovary, an advance that provides a potentially powerful new means for conducting fertility research and could also yield infertility treatments for cancer patients. The team has already used the lab-grown organ to mature human eggs.

“An ovary is composed of three main cell types, and this is the first time that anyone has created a 3-D tissue structure with triple cell line,” said Sandra Carson, professor of obstetrics and gynecology at the Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University and director of the Division of Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility at Women & Infants Hospital.

Carson said that the ovary not only provides a living laboratory for investigating fundamental questions about how healthy ovaries work, but also can act as a testbed for seeing how problems, such as exposure to toxins or other chemicals, can disrupt egg maturation and health.

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  • gemmarama

    until they come up with an artificial womb – in which one can grow one’s offspring outside of the body like potted plants, without the horror of actually pushing them out – it’s still no babies for me…

    • Haystack

      And until that happens, it’s still our job to look handsome and bullshit you into carrying our seeds.

      So…*clears his throat*…tell me about your feelings.

      • gemmarama

        hehehe. i’m from glasgow, here they just club you over the head with a bottle of vodka and drag you back to their high-rise ;-)

  • gemmarama

    until they come up with an artificial womb – in which one can grow one’s offspring outside of the body like potted plants, without the horror of actually pushing them out – it’s still no babies for me…

  • Haystack

    And until that happens, it’s still our job to look handsome and bullshit you into carrying our seeds.

    So…*clears his throat*…tell me about your feelings.

  • gemmarama

    hehehe. i’m from glasgow, here they just club you over the head with a bottle of vodka and drag you back to their high-rise ;-)

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