Sperm Test Tubes: Animal Testing Is Next Step For Sperm Grown In Test Tubes

Growing sperm in test tubes could change the lives of thousands of people wanting to have children, according to a new report. Scientists in France have been working to grow human sperm in an artificial manner, and now say that they have succeeded, and are one step closer to attaining their goals. According to Mail Online, the test tube-created sperm could someday be used clinically in the future.

“The lab-fabricated sperm could be used to treat infertile men and young cancer patients within the next four years if it actually works, the team said. But experts have expressed doubts over the claims and said it was impossible to know the quality of the sperm until the findings were officially published.”

The sperm grown in test tubes will be further tested on rats, according to Philippe Durand.

Researchers say that having this sperm option will help thousands of men suffering from infertility. Although there is a lot of skepticism surrounding the potential breakthrough, many are hopeful that the testing moving forward proves to be successful.

“It’s a bold claim to make and until I’m able to see the published research I’m deeply skeptical. The only decent thing for the science and for the public is for them to show us all the evidence,” said Sheffield University professor, Allan Pacey.

Growing mature human sperm in test tubes is something that scientists have been trying to do for many years. According to NewsMax, tests were first completed using cells from rats. Monkey cells were the next to be tested in the artificial environment, and in recent times, human cells have been used.

Many people believe that being able to create sperm in such a way will be groundbreaking, and it will be a huge leap in the infertility sector of the medical world.

“Ultimately, it has the potential to be a significant addition to infertility treatments that often bypass men altogether, said Liberty Barnes, a research associate at the University of Cambridge and author of a book on male infertility who has no connection to the work being done in France.”

About 15 percent of couples struggle with infertility.

“As a culture we presume that when a couple is infertile it’s a woman’s problem. Infertile men are disappointed that there aren’t more options for them,” said Liberty Barnes, a research associate at the University of Cambridge.

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