Infertility is fairly common. It affects around 15% of couples, with a third of the cases tracing back to the male. Now China, a country that for many decades had a strict limit on human reproduction, may be entering the business of artificial sperm. Chinese scientists have successfully engineered healthy mouse offspring by injecting their laboratory-made sperm cells into eggs, alleging that this could be a groundbreaking treatment for male infertility.
The Daily Mirror reports that the scientists first exposed stem cells from a mouse embryo to a concoction of various chemicals, which became primordial germ cells. They then triggered the germ cells to imitate the testes' environment by exposing them to testicular cells and testosterone. The resultant spermatids (sperms without tails or swimming skills) were found to develop normally when injected into mouse eggs.
What does all of this mean? For one, infertile couples can remain hopeful that scientists are working to end their struggle.
It also means men may be completely obsolete from the reproductive process and therefore cast out from a matriarchal, single-parent society as useless testosterone bags.
Just imagine a world of fatherless children playing catch with their moms, or a tree. Mothers would be crushed under the weight of all their children who have no fathers to help give piggyback rides. Sons would never go on father-son fishing trips and starve to death all alone in a canoe, clutching a Wal-Mart fishing rod they bought because no grandfather existed to pass one down to them.