First sperm are now being grown in lab

March 28th, 2011 - 9:48 pm ICT by Aishwarya Bhatt  

Tokyo, Mar 28 (THAINDIAN NEWS) For the first time in the history of mankind, scientists have successfully created fully functional sperms in the lab. Scientists are very excited about the breakthrough because several men who are rendered impotent due to natural conditions or by medication have been given a rare lifeline.

Scientists though admit that it is it is early days yet. Scientists believe that fully understanding the dynamics of sperms could eventually lead to the production of medication to treat infertility. In the United Kingdom, infertility affects one in every six couples in the country.

The research was carried out by scientists from the Yokohama City University. The study was led by Dr. Takehiko Ogawa. Ogawa and his team took silvers of testicular tissue from mice and successfully grew it into a sperm cell in the lab. The scientists used specific kinds of proteins to make the study possible. The scientists now plan to use the same procedure to create human sperms.

This is the first time that sperms have been grown successfully in the lab despite several attempts.

A fertility expert at Sheffield University, Dr Allan Pacey, said that, “This is a very interesting study. There have been several attempts to create or “grow” animal sperm in the laboratory by various different approaches. However, none have been wholly successful and when the sperm have been used, the pups born have not been healthy and have soon died.”

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