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spermless embryos are here

By Diogenes ( articles ) | Sep 10, 2005

So long, dad. Scotland takes the next step (from the U.K. Telegraph):

Human embryos have been created in Britain without using sperm for the first time. The "virgin conception" embryos, which mark a new way to grow a woman's cells and tissues for a vast range of treatments, were revealed by an Edinburgh team. The development is the second time in as many days that the nation's scientists have pushed back the boundaries of reproductive science.

The scientist in charge of the project knows what he's doing:

Although some scientists had thought that the use of "parthenotes" in this research would sidestep objections from pro-life groups, Dr De Sousa said that this was not the case. "Someone who has a pro-life outlook will regard any usage of eggs and embryos for non-reproductive purposes as objectionable."

For "objectionable," read "wicked."

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