BGU produces mouse sperm from germ cells in breakthrough

16.11.2011                      19.Cheschwan. 5772

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BGU produces mouse sperm from germ cells in breakthrough

Research group call their in vitro work a “breakthrough” that could eventually help infertile men who cannot produce sperm.

A new technique developed by Ben- Gurion University researchers has generated mouse sperm cells from testicular germ cells in a petri dish. While it will take time to jump to human experimentation, Prof. Mahmoud Huleihel and his research group call their in vitro work a “breakthrough” that could eventually help infertile men who cannot produce sperm, as well as boys before puberty who are at risk of infertility after undergoing aggressive therapies and, at a young age, cannot produce sperm for freezing for later use.
Germ cells give rise to the gametes, which are cells that fuse with other cells in an organism that reproduces sexually….