By Jim Algar, Tech Times | May 4, 2:47 AM
Skin cells taken from men diagnosed as infertile can be modified into stem cells to create a precursor to sperm. The new research suggests a possible line of treatment that may finally yield a treatment for male infertility, researchers say.
Scientists at Stanford University removed skin cells from some men with azoospermia, a genetic syndrome that makes it impossible for them to produce sperm.
The cells were modified into what are known as pluripotent stem cells. These cells possess the capability to grow into any other kind of cell.
The pluripotent stem cells were then implanted into mice testes, leading to the production of the biological precursors to complete sperm.