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Making babies from skin cells? Trials in mice raise questions

A new in-vitro technique has been developed which bypasses the normal reproductive methods of yore

Prof Hayashi in his lab at Kyushu University in Fukuoka, Japan, made viable eggs from the skin cells of adult female mice, and produced embryos that were implanted into female mice which then gave birth.

(Above) Mice created from eggs made from the skin cells of female mice.

New York

NEARLY 40 years after the world was jolted by the birth of the first test-tube baby, another revolution in reproductive technology is on the horizon - and it promises to be far more controversial than in-vitro fertilisation ever was.

Within a decade or two, researchers say...

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