A fertility expert says that women will be able to have babies without males within two decades.
According to Dr. David Molloy, thanks to the advancements in fertility technology, pregnancies will no longer need the input of males in the future.
Baby mice have been born to two mothers in China recently, and Dr. Molloy thinks that the same feat can be achieved in human reproduction.
Ethics committees and legal prohibitions would put a stop to the process in humans at the moment, but Dr. Molloy says that attitudes will change over time.
As reported by The Courier-Mail, Dr. Molloy said:
“Scientific successes will continue to happen, and they cannot be stopped. It would mean that heterosexual couples where the man has low-quality sperm, and women couples, can have their own genetic child. I think it will be possible to fertilize an egg with a set of half chromosomes and targeted gene editing.”
Dr. Molloy noted, however, that it was important to rigorously investigate the safety and assess the ethics in fertility technology.
The comments from the fertility expert came after baby mice were born to two mothers in a breakthrough study.
Scientists at the Chinese Academy of Sciences used the DNA taken from two mouse eggs, without sperm from a father, and 29 healthy mice were created.
The mice grew into healthy adults, and even had healthy children of their own.
According to scientists, this technique could one day create humans whose biological parents are two men, or two women.
Mice from two fathers survived for just 48 hours, as they had some gruesome genetic mutations such as oversized bodies and long tongues.
The same-sex-parent mice were created using a type of cell with half the normal number of chromosomes, called a ‘haploid’.
According to Dr. Teresa Holm of the University of Auckland, the technique could one day lead to technology that allows gay couples to have children that share both parents’ DNA.