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Without eggs, sperm, or wombs, researchers produced synthetic mouse embryos from stem cells.
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Without eggs, sperm, or wombs, researchers produced synthetic mouse embryos from stem cells.

According to The Times of Israel, scientists in Israel have achieved a huge advance by creating mouse embryos using solely skin stem cells rather than sperm or egg cells. These embryos have developing brains and heartbeats. Many avenues in the field of medicine have been opened by the discovery of stem cells and their capacity to assume the form of any cell type in the body. Stem cells have numerous applications, including the treatment of HIV and baldness. However, the source of stem cells has generated significant ethical questions. The embryo must be destroyed before being placed in the female womb to collect these cells, which are present in large quantities during the embryonic phases of cell proliferation. As a result, researchers have been exploring a different approach to get the...