Female Sperm, Lesbians having Babies

Written by: Captain Skellett // September 23rd, 2009 // Sex and Reproduction

Ahoy there, welcome to another Reproduction Wednesday! Can you believe it’s been a week since the last one? It feels like it has been MUCH longer because I have been VERY busy. My acting group presented our performance “Pub People” on Monday and it was wonderful, if I do say so myself. Plus ships don’t exactly plunder themselves.

Today we’re talking about the potential for homosexual reproduction. I’ll be focussing on two girls, at the request of a friend o’ mine. The question being – can two girls have a baby together that shares their genetic material?

Lesbian Couple With Baby

Is it possible? Sure. Just about anything is possible. Some people have already done some research.

One experiment in Japan took genetic material from two female eggs and combined them to make a female offspring which was capable of normal reproduction. They called her Kaguya. The downside is it took 460 tries to get this one offspring to adulthood, and those ain’t good odds. Another experiment in the UK took bone marrow stem cells from males and coaxed them into sperm, and claimed to have done the same thing using female embryonic stem cells. Would it be possible to take other stem cells from an adult female and turn them into sperm? Abracadabra man, you could use that stuff for IVF and from there, the world!

Whatever. It ain’t that easy. A LOT of things happen in an egg or sperm to make them functional – it’s not just genes in the right cell-type. Epigenetic imprinting is a process by which certain genes are silenced in eggs and others are silenced in sperm, so that when they combine only one copy in the embryo is functional. This doesn’t involve changes to the genetic sequence, but it definately changes the way that sequence is read – like sticking two pages of a manual together.

Poor epigenetic imprinting can lead to a host of diseases, so while two girls COULD one day MAYBE have a baby that shares their genetic material, would that child be healthy? Safety is a massive concern not only in this case, but also for human cloning and other assisted reproductive techniques.

With years of research and a lot more understanding of the biology of conception (there are still a lot of question marks out there, particularly on a genetic level), I think two women could have a baby which shared their genetic material, but honestly I don’t think it’s a priority for people right now. Most countries won’t even recognise gay marriage, do you think they’ll be funding the research? Then again, there’s big bucks in IVF and down the track there could likely be big bucks in this as well.

I think it’s WAY down the track though. Might want to consider adoption or a sperm donor while you’re waiting.

Captain Skellett

I be Captain Skellett. Me blog started in April 2009 when I was working full time and didn’t get a chance to talk science. Now I have changed jobs and talk science all the time, but that doesn’t stop me blogging. More About Captain Skellett   Google

   

5 Responses to “Female Sperm, Lesbians having Babies”

  1. Egg Donors says:

    Great Post…..

    I found your site on stumbleupon and read a few of your other posts. Keep up the good work. I just added your RSS feed to my Google News Reader. Looking forward to reading more from you down the road!

    Thanks for sharing….

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  2. aj says:

    What if I told u 2 girls having a baby was possible which it is u will find out very soon in about 9 months

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    Lerence Reply:

    @aj,

    Hello there… I was just curious to know about the baby situation and the possibility if that’s ok?

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  3. pertunia says:

    Want to find out much it cost and where I can get more information about it

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  4. L.A Champ says:

    Hey me an my gurl want to have a babii for me but I want ger to do it the right way with my female sperm. How can I tho?

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