Today, I am sharing an article that chronicles a great new advancement in reproductive science that may put the end to the hurdle of the “biological clock” in our lives.
Basically, we are told that anyone with ovaries and a uterus are born with all the viable eggs that they will ever have, and that they will be good for only so long, before complications arise (Though, some of these complications are not death sentences for children, just factors of differences).
However, in 2004, biologist Jonathan Tilly and his team discovered Egg precursor cells (EggPCs) in the outer cortex of the ovaries of mice. Later on, they were able to prove that EggPCs can grow into mature cells, be fertilized, and grow healthy baby mice.
In 2012, Tilly found EggPCs in humans and that they could also be cultivated into mature eggs, thus be able to produce healthy babies.
Now a company called OvaScience has come up with the technology, aptly called OvaPrime, to extract a woman’s EggPCs and grow them into mature cells by reintroducing them into the central part of her ovary at the woman’s directive.
Sadly, they are being tested at the end of this year for viability of this procedure, and it is still unknown if it will be realistically affordable if it turns out to work.
But the sign of the advancement is something we should cheer about for its ability to empower women to take control of their own lives.
To read more about this new scientific advancement and OvaScience, please click the following link to The Mary Sue article: Science May Be Close to the End of the “Biological Clock.”