Though these are early days, scientific studies suggest that skin cells may one day be used to create offspring. This could open up the possibility for gay male couples to have children with both parents’ DNA.
Scientists recently announced they had produced baby mice by fusing sperm and a type of cell that is not an egg.
The pups that survived this alchemy were healthy, with normal lifespans, and able to procreate the traditional way, researchers from Britain and Germany reported in the journal Nature Communications.
“It had been thought that only an egg cell was capable of reprogramming sperm to allow embryonic development to take place,” said the report’s senior author Tony Perry of the University of Bath.