Synthetic Mouse Embryo

Scientists are making major strides to help families experiencing infertility. A group of researchers successfully created a mouse embryo without using a sperm or egg. By manipulating three types of stem cells, the scientists were able to make an embryo that formed vital organs like the brain. The next step of this exciting advancement is to create models of human pregnancies based on the mouse embryos. It’s their hope that this method will help women maintain pregnancies beyond the beginning weeks, which is when the pregnancy is most fickle and likely to fail. The mouse model could also prove useful in creating technology to build synthetic organs for people who need transplants.

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