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February 25, 2015

Same-sex couples may soon be able to have biological children

Same-sex couples may soon be able to have a baby that is biologically both of theirs.

Scientists at Cambridge University and Israel’s Weizmann Institute of Science demonstrated that it is possible to use skin from two adults of the same sex to make human egg and sperm cells, the Cambridge News reported Sunday.

The scientific breakthrough may lead to a baby being made in a dish from the skin cells of two adults of the same sex, bringing hope to gay people.

The scientists used stem cell lines from embryos as well as from the skin of five different adults. Ten different donor sources have been used so far and new germ-cell lines have been created from all of them, researchers said.

The details of the technique were published in the journal Cell.

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