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An emerging body of data suggests that pluripotent stem cells may be able to differentiate to form eggs and sperm. We discuss the state of the science and the potential social implications and offer recommendations for addressing some of the ethical and policy issues that would be raised by the availability of stem cell-derived gametes.

Original publication

DOI

10.1016/j.stem.2009.06.005

Type

Journal article

Journal

Cell Stem Cell

Publication Date

02/07/2009

Volume

5

Pages

11 - 14

Keywords

Bioethical Issues, Biomedical Research, Embryo Research, Genetic Research, Germ Cells, Humans, Infertility, Pluripotent Stem Cells, Public Policy, Reproductive Techniques, Assisted