Fresh Paint
Wednesday, April 21, 2004
At Last, News We Can Really Use
Scientists Create Fatherless Mice (washingtonpost.com):
Scientists in Japan have coaxed mouse eggs to grow into apparently healthy mice without being fertilized first by sperm, marking the first creation of mammals from individual egg cells without any contribution from a father.
Lacking any paternal genes, all the mice born this way were females. But they are not clones, because each is a genetically unique animal made from its own egg.

The feat does not suggest that men will soon become irrelevant for human reproduction.

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