Scientists just created healthy mice with same-sex parents
Mice ain’t nothing but mammals, but, as a new paper published today in the journal Stem Cell demonstrates, they don’t necessarily need to do it like they do on the Discovery Channel. In that paper, a team of researchers from the Chinese Academy of Science describe the complex process of using embryonic stem cells and gene editing to produce mice born from two parents of the same sex. The mice with two dads only lived about 48 hours, but the mice with two moms lived to adulthood—and were able to have babies of their own by mating with male mice. The research provides a new, sophisticated result that’s part of a significant body of research exploring the question of why we need two parents of different sexes at all.
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