A team of German scientists have developed a new source for embryonic stem cells: your taint.
Experimenting on the testicles of rodents, the G
ttingen team have discovered that cells that traditionally go on to form spermatoza can instead become stem cells and grown into any part of a mouse’s body. If this experiment can be duplicated in humans, tissue or organs could be repaired, side-stepping the ethical dilemmas that are currently plaguing ESC researchers.
Or so researchers claim. As thrilled as we are when any significant leap forward is made allowing the ill to be more effectively treated, we think all men can agree that there’s nothing less ethical than messing with our junk.
Mice testicles yield ‘ethical’ stem cells [New Scientist]