If it's actually true then this is a phenomenal scientific breakthrough...
A Japanese research team, led by Mitinori Saitou of Kyoto University in Japan are claiming to have created eggs from embryonic stem cells, as well as producing eggs that will become healthy offspring.
This could lead to gay men in same-sex relationships having the ability to create an offspring completely from just their two donor DNA's.
More after the jump.
According to The Guardian Express:
"This discovery will allow gay men to create an egg of their own, not having to use a donated egg from a female donor, thereby allowing creation of a child born with both parents DNA, not just the DNA of one of the men and the DNA from the egg donor, as is currently the case."
The procedure utilizes a different type of embryonic stem cell, referred to as Induced pluripotent stem cells. They can be obtained from skin cells. (The current experiments use skin cells from mice, but human skin cells work as well.) Most stem cell use is limited to umbilical cord cells.
The Guardian explains that "Skin cells from one of the men can be used to create the egg, and sperm, or sperm created from the skin cells of the other man can be used to fertilize the egg in-vitro, only leaving the surrogate uterus for implantation question on the table."
So basically gay couples could have a child that's the genetic offspring of both partners.
Once (if) developed, this could be life changing for gay couples and the world in general.
Science is cool.