Fascinating article from the J Post about a new potential source of eggs from the amniotic membrane for women trying to become pregnant – see here
From the J Post article “Membranes from the amnion – which makes up the amniotic sac that surrounds and protects an embryo in the uterus – could in the future serve as a source for human eggs and eventually eliminate the purchase of ova by women unable to get pregnant. This first-ever discovery was made by researchers at the Technion-Israel Institute of Technology and was just published in the latest online issue of Reproductive Biology and Endocrinology. The article is titled “Human amniotic epithelial cells differentiate into cells expressing germ cell specific markers when cultured in medium containing serum substitute supplement.”
Prof. Eliezer Shalev, head of the Technion’s Rappaport Faculty of Medicine and a leading obstetrician/gynecologist at the Emek Medical Center in Afula, worked on the discovery with doctoral student Ayelet Evron and Dr. Shulamit Goldman.
The work is from researchers at the Rappaport Centre, Technion in Haifa.
For more scientific details see here
Although we should just delight in the ingenuity and creative thought from the Isreli researchers that may help mankind, it is a bittersweet reminder of the pathetic anti-Israel barrage by some so-called academics, who try to foster boycotts, and seek to prevent universities from collaborations with Israeli researchers. The most recent local reminders are from a Sydney Peace Centre at Sydney Uni. At the very least, the people at the centre, led by an appropriately named person called Lynch, should show an example by personally refusing to use anything developed with Israeli assistance; computers, mobile phones, USB sticks, would be a good intial start. Now that would be a win-win situation!