Scientists say that same-sex parents may be able to produce biological children together in the very near future.
Researchers at Cambridge University and Israel’s Weizmann Institute of Science claim to have found a way to create human egg and sperm cells from the stem cells in the skin of two adults.
Any two adults.
Two males. Two females. It doesn’t matter.
Using stem cell lines from embryos and cells from the skin of five adults, researchers engineered sperm cells, then compared the cells with those from aborted fetuses to see if the two had matching characteristics.
Lo and behold, they did!
“We have succeeded in the first and most important step of this process,” Azim Surani, professor of physiology and reproduction at Cambridge, told the Sunday Times, “which is to show we can make these very early human stem cells in a dish.”
“It has already caused interest from gay groups because of the possibility of making egg and sperm cells from parents of the same sex,” added the head of Israel’s Weizmann Institute of Science, Jacob Hanna.
Researchers claim that in as little as two years, the science may be advanced enough for same-sex couples to produce children that are biologically theirs.
So, all ye children-loving gay men and women who would rather die than have to sleep with a member of the opposite sex to have babies, you can relax. Science says you might not have to.
Oh, and now, let’s cue the god-fearing, science-hating Bible thumpers in 5…4…3…2…