Treating infertile couples by making artificial sperm and eggs from other cells will be possible within 5 to 15 years, according to an international group of scientists and policy makers. The technology could also potentially allow gay, lesbian couples as well as post-menopausal women to have children and it is ethical.
In their report on the science and ethics of making sperm and eggs from adult cells using stem cell technology, the group decided that the technology was ethical problems and research should be allowed to continue. At this stage the main ethical issue is to allow the science to continue.
Much work need to be done before stem cell derived sperm and eggs are ready for human fertilization.
Source: The Guardian
Another potentially hot issue is germ-line engineering - making sperm and eggs in the laboratory then changing the DNA. It might be used to cure genetic diseases such as cystic fibrosis at source by correcting mutations, but it could also potentially allow parents to produce designer babies. Again I think science should be allowed to continue. The potential benefits far outweigh the perceived risks.
What do you think?