Could ‘donor-free’ eggs lead to a fertility breakthrough?

Human eggs grown from amniotic membrane could help infertile couples conceive

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Human eggs have been grown outside of the body for the first time, reports The Metro.

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Scientists grew the eggs using tissue from the amniotic membrane, the sac that surrounds the baby in the womb, in a laboratory in Israel. 

The discovery could help create eggs for infertile couples, and remove the need for volunteer egg donors.

Lead researcher Professor Eliezer Shalev said; “We think we have moved closer to the day when growing eggs outside the body will become a reality. We hope it will soon be possible to grow as many eggs as needed using a regular supply of donated amniotic sacs.”

Reportedly the harvested eggs are ‘immature’, at the same stage as cells found in the ovaries of pre-pubescent girls. But, scientists believe they may be able to create mature eggs that can be fertilised by a male sperm in two to three years.

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