Irish Times: Could artificial sperm mean the end of men?

By Sheena Lewis

24-08-2019



The Irish Times recently published an article about the future of fertility and Sheena Lewis was approached for comment.

Read the full article here: Could artificial sperm mean the end of men?

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“This is not the only recent innovation in the area of assisted reproduction. Some – such as the expansion in our understanding of the role played by sperm, and the ways in which is can be damaged by environment, lifestyle and ageing – are so fundamental it seems astonishing that science is only getting around to them now.

Others, such as the use of artificial intelligence in fertility labs to assess an embryo’s likelihood of becoming a baby, could prove truly revolutionary. And some – such as efforts to grow artificial sperm and artificial eggs – are probably best regarded as moonshots.

We are at “a hugely exciting moment” in the treatment of fertility, says Sheena Lewis, emeritus professor at Queen’s University Belfast and chair of the British Andrology Society. ­”

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