Scientists Create Mice From Two Genetic Fathers

Via The Wall Street Journal:

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

Researchers at University of Texas MD. Anderson Cancer Center and elsewhere first engineered a female mouse whose eggs contained the DNA from a male. When the female was 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.

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

The study describes the technique as “a new form of mammalian reproduction: that could potentially be used to improve livestock breeds or preserve endangered species. more provocatively, the authors argue that if certain technical hurdles can be overcome, “then some day two men could produce their own genetic sons and daughters.” But those technical hurdles are extremely high.

[Continues at The Wall Street Journal]

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  • Belcat

    I’ve read of this done before, about 2 years ago, in a different article. As a gay man, even with all the obstacles to having children, I would not do this, unless it had been done for a few generations to make sure there isn’t anything that’s going to go wrong (and then who would be doing this?). I mean, this is someone’s life here, not just something you can just throw away if it doesn’t work.

  • Belcat

    I’ve read of this done before, about 2 years ago, in a different article. As a gay man, even with all the obstacles to having children, I would not do this, unless it had been done for a few generations to make sure there isn’t anything that’s going to go wrong (and then who would be doing this?). I mean, this is someone’s life here, not just something you can just throw away if it doesn’t work.

  • Marklar_Prime

    Hello Adam and Steve, LMAO.

    • Haystack

      And a book called “My Pet Mouse Has Two Daddies.”

  • http://twitter.com/Marklar_Prime Marklar Kronkite

    Hello Adam and Steve, LMAO.

  • Haystack

    And a book called “My Pet Mouse Has Two Daddies.”

  • 5by5

    Awesome. This will make Fred Phelps’ head explode.

  • 5by5

    Awesome. This will make Fred Phelps’ head explode.