Your Skin Cells Could Make a Baby, Will This Be the End of Infertility?
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Your Skin Cells Could Make a Baby, Will This Be the End of Infertility?

August 31, 2019


We all know where babies come from. An egg is fertilized by sperm and the resulting
zygote needs to be implanted in a uterus so it can grow and divide. The key here is the union of the gametes:
sperm and egg. This means same-sex partners, or partners
who are unable to provide gametes themselves, need to rely on donors. But what if that wasn’t the case? What if we could just generate gametes from
the partners? Soon, we might be able to. The method is called in-vitro gametogenesis. It involves converting adult cells into lab-made
eggs and sperm cells that can combine to create a zygote. This could pave the way for two adults of
any sex or gender to combine their DNA and produce their own biological offspring. The first breakthrough came in 2012 when researchers
working with mice successfully. reprogrammed skin cells to behave like embryonic
stem cells, known as induced pluripotent stem cells. Then, in the lab, those cells were stimulated
to turn from stem cells into sperm or egg cells. And to make sure the eggs were mature, they
had to implant them into mouse ovaries. But, to make this viable for IVG, they needed
to turn those lab-created cells into mature egg cells OUTSIDE a living mammal. Which was very complex in itself and finally
completed in 2016. Once they’d figured that out, the team followed
basic IVF procedure: the skin-cell-created egg cell was fertilized in the lab using sperm
cells also made from skin cells, completing the full cycle. The resulting zygotes were implanted in a
mouse. The test saw 26 healthy pups born from the
experiment, and some of those even had babies of their own, showing their genetic material
was undamaged. But, before you get too excited, the process
is technically challenging. Only 3.5 percent of the embryos created from
artificial eggs cells matured into pups while the cells that were matured inside a mouse
had a 60 percent rate of success. For the moment, this tech hasn’t led to
human experiments yet. Scientists are working with human induced
pluripotent stem cells to understand how they work differently than mouse cells when becoming
eggs, but there’s an added complication: that fertilizing human eggs is forbidden by
Japanese ethics guidelines, even for research. Nevertheless, the implications behind this
technology are incredible. If scientists can prove this is safe and effective,
then someday, couples who can’t naturally conceive could gain the ability to become
biological parents to a child. And if this sounds futuristic, scary, and
unnatural, consider IVF. IVF was scary and unnatural when it was first
used, too. Terms like “test-tube baby” hit the media
that are now considered inappropriate or offensive. These days, no one bats an eye when couples
use whatever means they have to conceive, and IVG could be the solution for couples
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100 Comments

  • Reply vinayaka Gururaj June 24, 2018 at 2:09 am

    Then YY type of chromosomes r possible?

  • Reply Courtney Downs June 24, 2018 at 3:14 am

    Just because you can do something doesn't always mean that you SHOULD do it.

  • Reply Morph Verse June 24, 2018 at 3:31 am

    Artificial wombs are comin!.

  • Reply Dennis McConnell June 24, 2018 at 3:33 am

    Can't believe all the people that read the title of this video and post without watching the video. Everyone knows who you are just look at the dumb ass comments.

  • Reply ZomVBunny June 24, 2018 at 3:49 am

    Scientist are now gona be like WHO YOUR GOD NOW WE HAVE CREATED HUMAN DEFYING SEXUAL INTERCOURSE

  • Reply Mario Salazar June 24, 2018 at 4:00 am

    Destroy this program

  • Reply freezerburn001 June 24, 2018 at 5:32 am

    Would two female donors be able to have a male child(no Y chromosome)?

  • Reply Alex June 24, 2018 at 6:02 am

    Sure, cure infertility. We should have more people. It's not enough yet.

  • Reply QuakeZ June 24, 2018 at 7:55 am

    Does this mean I can make a 100% clone of myself using my skin? oh boy

  • Reply George Serrano June 24, 2018 at 8:02 am

    I hope that we won't be too old when this is perfected.

  • Reply On Jah June 24, 2018 at 8:15 am

    What has this world come to

  • Reply City.Boi.Stoner June 24, 2018 at 8:42 am

    I can see why most people would see this as wrong since they’re basically stating without saying it, they’re going to be creating their own guinea pigs who they can experiment on and turn into soldiers. But who knows it might work or it’ll just end up screwing them over in the end.

  • Reply Ken Lee June 24, 2018 at 8:50 am

    Your scientists were so preoccupied with whether or not they could, they didn’t stop to think if they should.

  • Reply Uhohhotdog Gaming June 24, 2018 at 9:21 am

    Fertilizing human eggs should be completely legal. We need to genetically engineer the human race for the future.

  • Reply Aron petersen June 24, 2018 at 9:21 am

    this seems like it could lead to a Jurassic park monster o.O .. or something weird anyways.

  • Reply SpeedingGaming June 24, 2018 at 9:32 am

    I think she wants to exterminate men

  • Reply Sanjay .S Kumar June 24, 2018 at 10:53 am

    But would a child like that want to exist ?

  • Reply Ahmed Tarek June 24, 2018 at 11:47 am

    No thanks i don't wanna have two dads 😂

  • Reply T.j.elder June 24, 2018 at 11:59 am

    Reminds me of gattaca

  • Reply Jose Pena June 24, 2018 at 12:46 pm

    soooo basically you can self reproduce?

  • Reply Jonathan Odude June 24, 2018 at 2:27 pm

    I came up with this 2 years ago dont steal my idea

  • Reply Darien schroeder June 24, 2018 at 3:07 pm

    Seeker, liberal confirmed.

  • Reply Commander Waddles June 24, 2018 at 3:40 pm

    YO CAN WE JUST WORK ON NORMALIZING VASECTOMIES & FEMALE STERILIZATION?? Plz I'm scared, too much baby talk

  • Reply GlennTore June 24, 2018 at 5:07 pm

    perfect,a method to produce more humans…its just what my globe needs.

  • Reply HillBilly VR June 24, 2018 at 5:14 pm

    This was outlawed, is basically cloning

  • Reply Nero Loye Stephens-Jackson June 24, 2018 at 8:26 pm

    gross

  • Reply DatDude7802 June 24, 2018 at 9:29 pm

    So Bob and Dave can have a baby? Yeah that's natural and meant to be… 🤷

  • Reply Yellow Pikachu June 24, 2018 at 9:58 pm

    Oh God, I feel like something bad will result from this

  • Reply Islandboytb June 25, 2018 at 2:08 am

    There are so many children that are already alive but don’t have parents. I have no judgement for those who choose otherwise but please remember that adoption is an option.

  • Reply AmaSIX June 25, 2018 at 2:10 am

    Thanks, I’d rather have sex with beautiful girls.

  • Reply lifescience2050 June 25, 2018 at 2:29 am

    2:14 so skin cells from a female can be used to make sperms?

  • Reply J. C. June 25, 2018 at 2:59 am

    Hi, Amy! Good to see you on DNews.

    It will always be DNews.

  • Reply Gururaj B June 25, 2018 at 3:45 am

    Are you saying both the sperm cell and egg cell can be made from the same one individual? If so it’s revolutionary not only in science field but also in society too. It would lead to lot of complications for sure.

  • Reply Paul June 25, 2018 at 4:28 am

    I don't like this

  • Reply CRIPMAGE6 June 25, 2018 at 7:09 am

    Thank God now we won't need women go mgtow

  • Reply premier69 June 25, 2018 at 8:29 am

    stop making babies, they are bad for the enviroment!

  • Reply Daniel Fitzpatrick June 25, 2018 at 1:21 pm

    Test tube baby is inappropriate or offensive….oh grow a spine lol in a test tube. Badumcha!

  • Reply Sarah Williams June 25, 2018 at 2:27 pm

    We need infertility….sure it’s sad for humans emotionally, but the planet is dying because of us. Too many people.

  • Reply You don't get to be offended by science! June 25, 2018 at 3:04 pm

    Well it was nice knowing you guys. Women will take it from here!

  • Reply Derek Smith June 25, 2018 at 3:04 pm

    You should not be promoting same sex child creation like that. I am not a bible pumper, but that is not how we are biological suppose to be. The right to child creation is reserved biologically between a man and a women, Male and a Female. It is as simple as…"If you want to have a baby, "Go Have Sex"."…that was pretty genius wasn't it. I know its controversial but I know I'm not alone with this opinion.

  • Reply You don't get to be offended by science! June 25, 2018 at 3:05 pm

    Ok no one tell the churches because they will star prosecuting people for clipping their nails as it could be considered life.

  • Reply Somto Achu June 25, 2018 at 3:36 pm

    so i can have a child with myself — creepy

  • Reply I_AmusingFire_I June 25, 2018 at 4:29 pm

    Wait…. so I'll die a virgin? DOES THIS MEAN THAT EVERYONE CAN DIE A VIRGIN????

  • Reply Jared Bennett June 25, 2018 at 5:07 pm

    so, what would the difference be between a clone and someone created as an ivg baby from the same person? that would be an interesting video to follow up on

  • Reply Master Schroder June 25, 2018 at 7:07 pm

    Last thing we need is more people multiplying.

  • Reply YASH June 25, 2018 at 7:54 pm

    we need more flexible ethical guidelines

  • Reply Carson Dial June 25, 2018 at 10:26 pm

    Vintage Space Lady is now working for Seeker?

  • Reply PresidentialWinner June 26, 2018 at 12:09 pm

    So eventually biologically possible to create man & man OR woman & woman child 50% genes from both? Cool… I did not know this was even possible in the future, let alone now!

  • Reply PresidentialWinner June 26, 2018 at 12:10 pm

    Ending infertility? Who would resist that?

  • Reply Sonny12681 June 26, 2018 at 5:48 pm

    Men have a y and X chromosome, a man can use his genes to create both male and female babies. Women can't create children with out the men because the woman can only create female babies in this process and the human spices will die out because the woman only has an X chromosome. The male can create both male and female babies with out the woman with this process so the human spices can survive with out the man giving his sperm to a woman. MGTOW can make this happen. A man alone without anyone can do this process. THE MAN IS THE TRUE CREATOR, NOT THE WOMAN.

  • Reply ODjWizardO June 27, 2018 at 11:56 am

    its the Matrix. How about we fix the genetic defects before we make more and new Defects

  • Reply forestsoceansmusic June 27, 2018 at 12:18 pm

    Not "any gender" — you still need a woman with a healthy womb to grow the zygote into a fetus and then into a baby.

  • Reply forestsoceansmusic June 27, 2018 at 12:23 pm

    IVF is only "scary" (but rightfully so) because the Earth's thin bioshell is WAY overpopulated. All forms of artificial reproduction are an obscenity given the fact that the majority of humanity are undernourished and live in grinding poverty. All these 'games' by the privileged minority in the West are symptomatic of deep systemic selfishness, and callous disregard for most of humanity (probably because they are not White). Despite ever tougher laws on pollution, we pollute more than ever because there are two BILLION more of us than in the 1960's, when even then Paul Ehrlich wrote his prophetic warning book: "Depopulate Or Perish".

  • Reply John Burr June 27, 2018 at 4:01 pm

    Sounds like a new way to clone yourself. Just make sperm and eggs from the same skin.

  • Reply ursaltydog June 27, 2018 at 5:30 pm

    Sounds exciting yes… but I understand totally why this is ethically offlimits.. and not to sound prudish or too realistic, but what about the millions of children who need to be adopted all over the world and given a chance?? And perhaps couples are infertile for good evolutionary reasons.. The same reason that homosexual populations arise out of various groups in the animal kingdom.. due to stress, population overload, illness.. it's a way to keep the population in check..

  • Reply 256shadesofgrey June 27, 2018 at 9:53 pm

    Yes! Now just artificial wombs and sex robots, and men will need women like a bicycle needs a fish. ( Context, in case you missed it: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Irina_Dunn#Dunn_as_writer_and_filmmaker )

    Now watch every feminist and white knight ever try to ban one or multiple of these technologies, because of "objectification of women" (rather than personification of objects, because somehow they always get this one backwards), because of it being "unnatural"/"playing god" (as if it's a bad thing), because "robots can't consent" or some other kind of bullshit excuse they always use to ban everything men enjoy or could benefit from more than women (see gamergate for examples).

    Oh, wait, it's already happening: https://www.nytimes.com/2017/07/17/opinion/sex-robots-consent.html
    Just wait until they come after the research you talk about in the video.

  • Reply Dushyant Bhati June 28, 2018 at 12:24 pm

    What if both sperm and egg are synthesized from cells of same individual??
    Human cloning??

  • Reply Lue Ciefer June 28, 2018 at 8:04 pm

    People don't seem to comprehend just how much technology is going to change in the very new future. I predict in 20 years we'll look back on the 2010's as comparable to the 1980's if not earlier.

  • Reply Yoda Yoda June 29, 2018 at 5:38 am

    dono why we are so eager to help 3.8% LGBT to get a child but cant find cure for cancer…..

  • Reply Xero June 29, 2018 at 10:18 am

    This is… Gross.

  • Reply نواف الدوسري June 29, 2018 at 12:12 pm

    We know where babies come from . It comes from your vagina

  • Reply Beee EZ June 29, 2018 at 6:24 pm

    Ahhh….yeah, no…wait, WHAT!?

  • Reply gamer seth fruen June 30, 2018 at 4:40 am

    We stop evolving for hundreds of years. Now we can evolve again. Here comes sexest people and one sex dominating country's

  • Reply Watermln July 1, 2018 at 3:37 am

    It could be done with just one person

  • Reply Alex Rodrigez July 5, 2018 at 6:07 am

    imagine being in math class and everyone roasting you bc you were made from a hand…

  • Reply Umberto Fournier July 5, 2018 at 11:17 pm

    A disturbing development

  • Reply subham singh July 6, 2018 at 4:42 pm

    This is illegal because it may create an alien;)

  • Reply Abhishek MGTOW July 8, 2018 at 12:54 am

    #MGTOW

  • Reply Jonathan Miller July 8, 2018 at 6:44 pm

    test tube baby is what we should all call them

  • Reply BunnyFett July 15, 2018 at 10:14 am

    I'm sure we all saw this coming.

  • Reply Paul R July 17, 2018 at 1:05 am

    Let the freakshow begin!

  • Reply SonicCrazer July 17, 2018 at 3:49 pm

    Same sex couples will greatly benefit from this BUT even straight people will opt for same sex reproduction. Think about it: let’s say two of the greatest male athletes of all time in this generation decided to use their skin cells to create offspring with virtually perfect genes for superior athleticism. OR take two females with some of the highest IQs in the world and use IVG to create extremely intelligent offspring so the cycle continues. You can even take the smartest man in the world and make him reproduce with the most athletic man in the world. This has the potential to create people that are intellectually superior and/or physically superior. If IVG is combined with technology where genes can be carefully selected and diseases/disorders can be removed, then who knows what the full potential of this will be, right? And let’s say in 1000 years there’s a disease that completely wipes off one biological sex forever. This technology will ensure that the human race will live on. This will likely never ever happen but at least there’s a solution.

  • Reply ajkdhsalfgnewidpcvjcjqd8w9agvespfld]j cmkpiwsgxq July 17, 2018 at 7:02 pm

    Now we can finally wipe out all the sexist cis-male pigs!

  • Reply PeanuttyGoodness July 19, 2018 at 6:13 pm

    With that process…. Could you just make your own baby? Or would that break major laws of nature?

  • Reply Albedo Creations July 21, 2018 at 5:01 pm

    What will happen when we make both sperm and ovum from a male's skin and fuse them together ? Will it lead to a clone ?

  • Reply Miracle Washington July 22, 2018 at 9:22 am

    I believe this is something that was already done decades back, they just bringing it back alive.

  • Reply Weiss Des August 6, 2018 at 6:02 pm

    "Any sex or gender" ? What is that supposed to mean ? You only needed to say one or the other.

  • Reply Mikes Science August 9, 2018 at 12:30 pm

    Sexy is about to get really kinky with this stuff

  • Reply William Ramirez August 16, 2018 at 9:36 am

    I love you amy!!!!

  • Reply Revan September 4, 2018 at 3:28 pm

    Oh no oh no the religious nutbags are gonna go on a terrorism spree if they hear about this quick hide the evidence we must show other behind closed doors they must never know

  • Reply Alan Swearengin September 25, 2018 at 3:40 am

    Sex or gender… Sex is what matters is the baby making process not what you think you are, that has no effect on the child

  • Reply A Spider October 13, 2018 at 1:05 pm

    This is incredible

  • Reply θ Xenon θ December 20, 2018 at 5:07 am

    I HAVE SOMETHING TO LOOK FORWARD TO MY GAY ASS AFTER ALL

  • Reply Star Noodles December 27, 2018 at 3:46 am

    I really hope this really works in a few years, it could help more than just one species if it does.

  • Reply Kitty A. Kan January 3, 2019 at 8:57 am

    Wow! What a piece of excited news! Thanks for share. I hope I can use this technology to produce my own baby one day.

  • Reply Nora Iconiq January 4, 2019 at 2:24 am

    so we have to wait another 20 years for this to become viable that sucks.

  • Reply maria G January 6, 2019 at 12:30 am

    Sex or gender or AGE?

  • Reply KIPTAI SHADRACK March 24, 2019 at 4:38 pm

    This seeker??? Some science is not true. So a woman can make herself pregnant?

  • Reply Horses are cool April 15, 2019 at 2:11 am

    This could be cool to get a perm from utzi the snow man 👨

  • Reply Real Beginning April 17, 2019 at 11:37 am

    I challenge anyone saying this is not revolutionary. Infertile people will be able to reproduce regardless gender. Think about the animals that can be saved due to extinction. Now fast forward to artificial wombs and voila. Think about how we will be able to reproduce when we get to be a type 1 civilization that lives in space.

  • Reply HyperToxic Death April 22, 2019 at 8:41 pm

    Hopefully people will start to understand that science isn’t such a horrible thing for humanity specially religions.

  • Reply Red Wolf April 24, 2019 at 5:26 pm

    I literally thought they meant one day our skin cells could create a baby. As in if a man ejaculates on a women she could become pregnant…. I feel so stupid now.

  • Reply Earla Weese April 26, 2019 at 9:55 pm

    I’m so excited to have a baby with my gay husband!

  • Reply Tala Habern April 30, 2019 at 12:56 am

    How soon is soon…

  • Reply The Guy from Saturn May 14, 2019 at 3:21 pm

    But what about the Apollo missions?

  • Reply Cecil Arthurton May 17, 2019 at 1:50 pm

    This. And female robot wife will end the feminist rule over. men and boys and all the girls and women will be on the streets

  • Reply Death Rager July 15, 2019 at 4:48 am

    this should not be allowed for the female side of the human race.

  • Reply Jacinda Peters July 27, 2019 at 1:19 pm

    This is awesome the future is amazing 😊

  • Reply CharlesMcneill VEVO August 13, 2019 at 8:32 pm

    This has made me really happy, I’m gay and knowing I could have my own child, it’s something that you don’t realise you needed to know untill you know it

  • Reply C-A-M Camera August 14, 2019 at 7:02 am

    Lol so if a woman impregnates herself with a skin cell turned gamete from herself is the offspring gonna be scarier than wrong turn hill billies 0.o?

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