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Can Stem Cells Make Sperm?

If We Can Make Sperm, What Good Are Men?

Have you ever dreamed of a world without men? Some scientists have hoped for years that someday, somehow, they'd create sperm without the mess and fuss of sex and men. Well, that day is near.

Or here, according to one professor at the Northeast England Stem Cell Institute, who says he's doctored up the world's first embryotic sperm. Other sperm specialists (their mothers must be proud) are not so convinced test-tube sperm are up for the swim. Azim Surani, a professor at Cambridge University, said they were "sperm-like cells" and "a long way from being authentic."

So we wait and ask questions, like "what's the point?" Ideally, it would be used to treat infertile men, but you can't clone cells in 2009 and not answer questions like "Are you trying to wipe men off the face of the Earth?" The Guardian has a pair of he-said/she-said pieces musing on such a world without men. He said? You'll be bored, less productive, and too clean. And she said? We'd be peaceful, clean, and . . . bored. Glad we can agree on something!

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Monique-Marie427757 Monique-Marie427757 8 years
Men serve a purpose, I would not be able to open any of these jars around my house!
cakeshinigami cakeshinigami 8 years
Anonymous, alot of people agree with you. in fact anyone who took their own advice and spent some time in the library would know that the overwhelming majority of criminals are men. And men do cause all the wars. They're always trying to dominate.
mix-tape mix-tape 8 years
I like men (regardless of the problems I may have with a select few lol). They make great companions as someone had already said. In fact, I think I get a long with them better than my fellow women! I don't believe we will become asexual as a human race in the future, we enjoy sex too much!
lilkimbo lilkimbo 8 years
You'd be surprised how many people have something to say about "women getting pregnant all the time without a proper family." I'd like to know what a "proper family" is, though.
wackydeli wackydeli 8 years
uh what? i dont want to be around guys because i need a baby ,trust me i dont .whats funny is if the question was "what good are women?" people would be freaking the fuck out about how sexist that is and blah blah blah.anyway in closing i like men they are hot
dikke-kus dikke-kus 8 years
Ever heard the saying It's Not Nice to Play With Mother Nature? People should be careful when playing God in science. If someone wants to get pregnant without having sex because men start wars maybe they should be turned down in a psychological screening for stupidity. If a woman is not willing to touch a man to get pregnant ready to make sacrifices for a child? If these man haters have boys are they war starters too? How would a man hater treat a baby boy? Maybe people should ask themselves that. If it helps men with infertility I think that's great. But 100% lab sperm? Lets see what kind of monsters that produces. Maybe they'll be born killers or mentally handicapped. What guarantees have they got in writing for that?
likeKlikeJ likeKlikeJ 8 years
has anyone ever read the graphic novel series 'Y: the Last Man'? it's a fantastic and intelligent series about what would happen if every living thing with a Y chromosome dropped dead one day. think about it: all the world's leaders (well, 90%) GONE, as well as countless engineers, doctors, religious leaders, etc. it really shines a light on where women are in the world, and who has power and whatnot. a highly recommended series.
Phil Phil 8 years
War and crime are started mostly by men in part because of the historical dominance of men. With time and the realization that it makes more sense for cultural survival to not marginalize an entire half of a species, women are equalizing the dominance of power. With a more empowered role women will become better represented in crime rate statistics and may even help 'cause' future wars. I reckon. Anyway, regarding what use men are--spiders still exist right? [/Annie Hall]. I'm also compelled to read Charlotte Perkins Gilman's Herland again.
lilkimbo lilkimbo 8 years
Thanks, spacekat! I have been lurking around and reading the comments, but I haven't had time to actually contribute much myself.
Francoisehardly Francoisehardly 8 years
Last time I checked, when I'm interested in someone, it's not for their sperm. And if I'm with someone I care about, wouldn't I rather have their children than use man made sperm?
lilkimbo lilkimbo 8 years
One could pretty easily argue that most wars have been started by men simply because many societies have been historically patriarchal, so men have been the ones with the power to start the wars. And some people are surprised to learn that it's untrue that the overwhelming majority of crimes are committed by men.
CaterpillarGirl CaterpillarGirl 8 years
"who starts all the wars and who commits all the crimes" youre the one who said all.
GlowingMoon GlowingMoon 8 years
Well, I'm child-free by choice, so my interest in men has never been about their sperm. :) I find that (some) men make good companions (and fulfill other meaningful roles). I have a man, and I think he's wonderful (Again, his sperm and my eggs were never the issue).
CaterpillarGirl CaterpillarGirl 8 years
anonymous, you might want to spend some time off the computer, and in a library
sham28 sham28 8 years
And that was "really" at the title.
sham28 sham28 8 years
"What good are men?" Really?
BellaVida12 BellaVida12 8 years
very weird
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