Discovery Could Lead To Creation Of “Designer Humans That Will Be Bought And Sold Like Any Other Commodity”
Japanese scientists report they have successfully created artificially-derived eggs using mouse skin cells, and that some of those eggs could be fertilized with mouse sperm and produce born mice. Take a moment and read that sentence twice – it’s science but it isn’t fiction. The age of the motherless mouse has dawned.
Some scientists hail this as a significant advance believing that, by creating artificial human eggs, we might gain new knowledge about early human development, or possibly develop a technique to help infertile couples reproduce. But the technique also raises the specter of the large-scale creation of human beings, not just for reproduction but also for experiments, including designer babies to be bought and sold like any other commodity. (Click to Article)