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Scientists at Cambridge University and Israel’s Weizmann Institute of Science recently announced that babies developed from the DNA of two people of the same sex may soon be a reality.

Cambridge University professor of physiology and reproduction Azim Surani said that the technological breakthrough would also help infertile couples.

“We have succeeded in the first and most important step of this process, which is to show we can make these very early human stem cells in a dish,” Surani, the lead researcher on the project, told The Sunday Times.

The scientists also discovered that the designer stem cells lack some of the genetic problems that other cells have.

“We have also discovered that one of the things that happens in these germ cells is that epigenetic mutations, the cell mistakes that occur with age, are wiped out,” Surani said.

“That means the cell is regenerated and reset, so while the rest of the cells in the body have aged and contain genetic mistakes, these ones don’t. We can’t say no mutations are passed on, but mostly it doesn’t happen.”

The scientists also discovered that the designer stem cells lack some of the genetic problems that other cells have.

“We have also discovered that one of the things that happens in these germ cells is that epigenetic mutations, the cell mistakes that occur with age, are wiped out,” Surani said.

“That means the cell is regenerated and reset, so while the rest of the cells in the body have aged and contain genetic mistakes, these ones don’t. We can’t say no mutations are passed on, but mostly it doesn’t happen.”

The significance of the developments for same-sex couples was not lost upon the researchers.

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