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Researchers are learning how to transfer sperm-making cells from fertile male mice into infertile male mice in the hopes of learning more about reproductive abnormalities. These donor spermatogonia cells have developed into mature spermatozoa in 70% of cases, and some recipients have gone on to father pups (as baby mice are called). This new advance opens the way for a host of experimental genetic manipulations. It also offers enormous potential for correcting human genetic disease. One potentially useful human application of this procedure is treating infertile males who wish to be fathers. a. Do you foresee any ethical or legal problems with the implementation of this technique? If so, elaborate on the concerns. b. Could this procedure have the potential for misuse? If so, explain how.

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Human Heredity: Principles and Iss...

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Michael Cummings
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Publisher: Cengage Learning
ISBN: 9781305251052
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Researchers are learning how to transfer sperm-making cells from fertile male mice into infertile male mice in the hopes of learning more about reproductive abnormalities. These donor spermatogonia cells have developed into mature spermatozoa in 70% of cases, and some recipients have gone on to father pups (as baby mice are called). This new advance opens the way for a host of experimental genetic manipulations. It also offers enormous potential for correcting human genetic disease. One potentially useful human application of this procedure is treating infertile males who wish to be fathers.

  1. a. Do you foresee any ethical or legal problems with the implementation of this technique? If so, elaborate on the concerns.
  2. b. Could this procedure have the potential for misuse? If so, explain how.

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Summary Introduction

To determine: Whether there are any ethical or legal problems associated with the implementation of the given technique and elaborating the concerns when found present.

Introduction: The researchers are involved in conducting studies where sperm making cells from fertile male mice are transferred to infertile male mice. The donor spermatogonia cells develop into mature spermatozoa in 70% of the cases and some recipients have also resulted in producing baby mice. This method offers a potentially useful application in human infertile males who wish to be fathers.

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The transfer of spermatogonia from a fertile male mice into an infertile male mice resulted in 70% of the success as the transferred spermatogonia in infertile males produced the fertile spermatozoa. This technique can help males to beget child and fulfill the wish to become fathers.

The ethical or legal problems associated with the implementation of technique in humans are as follows:

  • • The person who receives the spermatogonia is the legal father of the child whereas; the individual who donates the spermatogonia becomes the genetic father of the child...
Summary Introduction

To determine: Whether the given procedure has any potential for misuse by providing explanation related to them.

Introduction: The researchers are involved in conducting studies where sperm making cells from fertile male mice are transferred to infertile male mice. The donor spermatogonia cells develop into mature spermatozoa in 70% of the cases and some recipients have also resulted in producing baby mice. This method offers a potentially useful application in human infertile males who wish to be fathers.

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