I came across an article today about something called IVG. The headline had to do with “embryo farming.” Let’s see, it was this one:
As I read the article, I thought how unfortunate that they chose only to use one aspect of this research to create an alarmist headline. Once I got past the headline, I found some fascinating potential advancements in fertility technology.
Essentially, IVG stands for in vitro gametogenesis. What this means is that certain cells from our bodies, even something like skin cells, could potentially be used to create gametes – eggs and sperm! Amazing! It’s currently being researched in mice and is a very long way from being available for humans, if ever.
Still, it’s an amazing idea and could cause huge changes to the current practices of IVF that so many of us suffering infertility have to endure. It would be even more amazing for someone like me, now without ovaries, and unable to make my own eggs. Wouldn’t it just be incredible to create new eggs with my own genetic material from stem cells found elsewhere on my body? It won’t happen for me, no matter how much I would dream, but maybe someday men and women will have advancements like this available. Maybe women of the future will be able to avoid all of those awful injections adding insult to injury in this incredibly painful experience of infertility.
The idea of IVG is not without problems, including lots of ethical issues described in the article above and in the more balanced article found here:
And the actual scientific journal article is here.