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No egg? No sperm? No uterus? No problem: Researchers grow first fully synthetic mouse embryos

A close up of the head and nose of a harvest mouse peering through some leaves on  a branch
A close up of the head and nose of a harvest mouse peering through some leaves on a branch

For the first time in history, researchers have grown mice embryos with no sperm, no egg and no uterus. A huge step forward, researchers hope the technology used to create the fully synthetic mice embryos will shed new insights into early cell development.

Here & Now‘s Scott Tong talks with Megan Molteni, a reporter with our partners at STAT, the health and medicine publication.

This article was originally published on WBUR.org.

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