Stem cell-derived eggs could be next fertility therapy

Researchers out of Scotland are taking the necessary steps to license a potential new fertility therapy.

A Harvard research group led by Professor Jonathan Tilly initially reported that female mice have active stem cells in their ovaries, suggesting that these cells could be isolated and used to generate new eggs.

Now, Evelyn Telfer, a reproductive biologist at Edinburgh University, is investigating the process required to license the fertilization of human eggs by the Human Fertilization and Embryology Authority.

Dr. Telfer is hoping to begin in vitro fertilization using stem cell-derived eggs at the Edinburgh Royal Infirmary in the next year.

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