Scientists Create Human Embryo Without Sperm Or Egg, Now They Want To Conceive Babies In Space

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Scientists are actively exploring the possibility of human reproduction in space, just as a group of Israeli researchers have managed to grow a human embryo model without sperm or egg.

Researchers in Israel managed to grow “complete” models of human embryos by reprogramming stem cells to mimic the process of life, according to a new report.

They were able to do this without the aid of a sperm and egg, but by mixing the stem cells – which they had chemically turned into four types of cells that became the fetus, placenta, yolk sac, and extraembryonic mesoderm – into a specific baby making cocktail.

The configuration cells spontaneously arranged themselves into the structure that resembled a “textbook” 14-day human embryo, and released the type of hormones that a human pregnancy releases.

However, the the scientist’s artificially created splice of life is reportedly impossible to generate a pregnancy from, as the embryo “bypasses the stage needed to attach to the womb lining.”

Elsewhere in questionably ethical bio research, scientists are attempting to make human reproduction in space a reality.

Dr. Egbert Edelbroek, CEO of SpaceBorn United—a Netherlands-based company dedicated to making reproduction in space a reality— is leading the charge.

The company has created a miniaturized in-vitro fertilization (IVF) and embryo incubator, which is poised to be launched on a mission to figure out if humans have the ability to reproduce in space.

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