Good News/Bad News: Fertility!

Welcome to last week’s good news/bad news where I continue to refuse to move the official day of this segment to Monday despite my Monday afternoon consistency. This is the weekly segment where I find a piece of good news and a piece of bad news that matters to me and close with a video of a more optimistic bent.

Today we’re going to be talking about fertility, and the bad news in that one should speak for itself in the fact that there are certain opinions out there that are the equivalent of telling women that they are forbidden from having the same freedoms as men when it comes to reproduction, declaring it would seem, any breakthrough in fertility to be some sort of leftist conspiracy.

Well science doesn’t have a political agenda, only the people who have the money to apply the technologies and knowledge produced by science can decide how breakthroughs can be sure of how it is to be used in the long one, and they sure as hell have political opinions.

In fact, at the moment, the ‘leftist’ position of freedom to choose whether women can decide what to do with their own bodies seems like a no brainer to me.

But who knows, maybe I’m a communist that’s just waiting for the Stalinisation of the western world.

Okay, rant over.

There’s a rather interesting article in the Independent that you might find an interesting read, and you can find it here.

This article touches on possible breakthroughs in creating human egg cells from stem cells, which could potentially lead to such amazing achievements as: infertile women and older women being able to have children and the delayed onset of menopause and the various health deficits that go along with that process.

Now, that’s amazing in and of itself.

This research stems from observations of the presence of stem cells in the ovaries of mice, and overcoming the skepticism that is required for such a bold claim, the discovery of equally potent stem cells in the ovaries of humans that it may be possible to stimulate, thus giving them the signal to make more eggs, giving them a potentially unlimited supply of eggs, lengthening the duration of their fertility and delaying the onset of menopause by continuing egg production for a longer period of time.

A request is currently being undertaken for permission to attempt fertilisation of these stem-cell derived egg cells in vitro. Egg cells that have been grown entirely in a lab.

Wow.

And now for something completely different.

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