Human Eggs Were Grown to Maturity in a Lab for the First Time–Here’s Why
By Erika Engelhaupt, National Geographic
For the first time, scientists have grown human eggs to full maturity in the laboratory.
The newly grown eggs have not been fertilized, but if they prove viable, the advance could help people struggling with infertility.
“This could change fertility treatment as we know it,” says Mindy Christianson, a fertility expert at Johns Hopkins University.
If this news has you struggling to remember the biology lesson that covered eggs and follicles, you may wonder what the big deal is. What does it mean to grow eggs to “full maturity”?
The answer lies in the complicated biology that happens each month inside women as eggs mature.
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