Fascinating Research – IVG

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:

New fertility procedure may lead to ’embryo farming’, warn researchers

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:

The Promise and Peril of Emerging Reproductive Technologies 

And the actual scientific journal article is here.

 

L0013528 A new born child stepping out of a broken egg

Image: A new born child stepping out of a broken egg Credit: Wellcome Library, London. Wellcome Images images@wellcome.ac.uk http://wellcomeimages.org A new born child stepping out of a broken egg Engraving Histoire des accouchements chez tous les peuples Gustave-Joseph Alphonse Witkowski Published: 1889 Copyrighted work available under Creative Commons Attribution only licence CC BY 4.0 http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/

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2 responses to “Fascinating Research – IVG

  1. Wow that is an amazing possibility alright! I’ve often thought that probably in 10-20 years time the whole infertility industry will have progressed really far and that it will be much easier for people going through it. There are still so many unknowns these days about what works or doesn’t work.

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