Skin Tissue Sperm Raise Fatherhood Hopes

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Aug 30, 2012
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Skin Tissue Sperm Raise Fatherhood Hopes

Researchers at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine have been successful to 'grow' an early stage sperm from human skin cells, promising a possible solution to male infertility.

The research was carried out to find if they could prompt adult cells and make them a different type of cell. Besides helping men with fertility concerns, findings could also greatly help childhood cancer sufferers to become father. Researchers used combination of chemicals in the study to reverse the 'biological clock' of skin cells. [Read: Infertility in Men]

Dr. Charles Easley, who led the research panel, explained that this sperm can be stored for future artificial insemination procedures, but it will not be helpful for some conditions in men, such as pre-pubertal boys. He further said that the testicular tissue can be stored prior to cancer therapy, but there are no cures for sterility of the individuals who didn’t have an opportunity to save tissue before cancer therapy.

It will be too early to suggest this as a solution of male infertility, but breakthrough is promising.

 


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