baby mice 150x150 Fertility Breakthrough May Have Big Implications for Same Sex CouplesThe Advocate reports that a new study released last week by Kyoto University indicates that same-sex couples may someday be able to have children who are biologically related to both parents:

Researchers at Kyoto University in Japan have created eggs from stem cells in mice and used them to produce healthy offspring, NPR reports. They first used embryonic stem cells, then repeated the results stem cells created from adult cells, such as blood or skin. The same team previously created sperm from stem cells. “Stem cells can morph into any cell in the body,” observed NPR reporter Rob Stein.

If the results from mice could be duplicated in humans — a far-off possibility, granted, but scientists say mice are sufficiently similar to humans that it could happen — same-sex couples could create their own sperm and eggs and join them to have a child.

“There are lots of lesbian and gay couples who would be very excited about the possibility for the first time of being able to have children who are genetically their own,” Hank Greely, a bioethicist at Stanford University, told Stein.

What do you think of the possibility of same-sex couples having children that are biologically their own? Were this hypothetical process ever to become reality, would you and your partner/spouse ever consider taking advantage of it?

H/t: Gay Star News