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August 18th, 2012, 05:26 PM
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Why sex could be history | Life and style | The Guardian

Here she describes the "ultimate solo parent" of the future. This woman can use her own stem cells and an artificial Y chromosome to produce healthy new eggs and sperm at any age, is capable of reproducing entirely alone by making one of her eggs behave like a pseudo-sperm that can be used to fertilise herself, and has no need to carry the embryo in her own body. Instead it gestates in an artificial womb, which acts as a highly evolved incubator. The same field of technology would enable gay couples to have children created from both their DNA, and make it just as easy for a man to become a single parent as a woman.
The article goes on to say that lactation could also be induced so that a male or female parent could breastfeed.

What do you think about this? Is asexual human reproduction, gestation independent of a human body, and the other possibilities in the article something we should strive for? If this was available in your lifetime would you use it? Can you think of any unintended consequences such technology could cause?

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