Biological babies for gay couples

Same-sex couples could create biological children

Same-sex couples could one day create their own biological children if important research goes ahead, a group of scientists said yesterday.

Currently, the creation of egg and sperm cells from other cells in the body is at an early stage. However, the influential Hinxton group – which is made up of 40 renowned scientists – believe within 15 years the breakthrough could be used to create human foetuses.

‘The real ethical issue at the moment is to ensure that the important scientific research can continue,’ John Harris, a member of the group and a professor at the University of Manchester, said at an ethics and stem cell research conference.

The controversial Human Fertilisation and Embryology Bill currently does not allow artificial eggs and sperm cells to be given to infertile women, however, Liberal Democrat MP Evan Harris has tabled an amendment asked that such cells be used in fertility clinics without cause for extra legislation.

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