In Vitro Gametogenesis (IVG)

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Hellbound Hellhound

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No. Because most people have sex for pleasure and not for reproduction, lol.
The technology obviously won't make recreational sex obsolete, but I can see it making reproductive sex largely obsolete, and I can definitely see it blurring a lot of the lines which currently exist between the sexes. A world where men can become mothers and women can become fathers is probably not going to assign the same significance to biological sex as we do currently.
 

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Nobody is talking about it because nuclear transfer has been a thing for ages and this is barely any different.
It's completely different. Nuclear transfer is used in cloning; IVG is used to create gametes in vitro. A child born through IVG wouldn't be a clone, even if someone were to use the technology to reproduce with themselves.
 

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It's completely different. Nuclear transfer is used in cloning; IVG is used to create gametes in vitro. A child born through IVG wouldn't be a clone, even if someone were to use the technology to reproduce with themselves.
Name one useful thing that can be done with this but cannot be done with nuclear transfer.
 

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Female sperm/ male egg has been on the table since cell stemming was discovered, but the most basic reproductive bottleneck is still the uterus, and nobody (AFAIK) has made any significant progress towards circumventing it.
 

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Name one useful thing that can be done with this but cannot be done with nuclear transfer.
The creation of entirely new gametes, and thus, the removal of any need for them to be donated. From the perspective of genetic screening, this is a big deal, since you now have a practically unlimited number of eggs to work with.
Female sperm/ male egg has been on the table since cell stemming was discovered, but the most basic reproductive bottleneck is still the uterus, and nobody (AFAIK) has made any significant progress towards circumventing it.
Ectogenesis is probably some way off for now, although progress in the area is definitely being made. In a 2017 study that got published in Nature, researchers managed to artificially gestate lambs from the second trimester onwards, although it would seem that the primary goal of the research (for now) was to find a way to increase the survival chances for premature births.

Until then, there's always surrogacy.