Sperm stem cell hope for baby boy

Sunday Mail (UK) - - News -

A boy of one has had part of his tes­ti­cle re­moved and frozen to re­store his chances of fa­ther­hood af­ter can­cer treat­ment.

He’s the youngest per­son in the coun­try to take part in the re­search, which has treated seven pre-pubescent boys in the last year

Sci­en­tists hope ad­vances in tech­nol­ogy will let them har­vest sperm stem cells from the re­moved tis­sue and trans­plant them back into his gen­i­tals in adult­hood.

Con­sul­tant pae­di­atric en­docri­nol­o­gist Dr Rod Mitchel l, is head­ing up the re­search at the Cen­tre for Re­pro­duc­tive Health in Ed­in­burgh.

He said: “The tis­sue is be­ing stored for them to use but at the mo­ment we don’t know how we would make that hap­pen. That’s what the re­search is about.”

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