Artificial Embryos

Ella Wesson

Scientists in the UK have made a breakthrough. They were able to create mice embryo-like structures without using sperm and egg cells, but by using stem cells. This is extremely significant because it opens up plenty of new doors in the applications of medical engineering. Artificial embryos can allow scientists to conduct studies on gene editing in embryos without needing to use sperm or egg cells.

While these embryo-like structures are neither fully researched nor advanced at this point, the implications of them are endless. They raise questions that have to do with the ethics of gene editing as well as the ethics of allowing these structures to fully mature into animals, assuming they are even able to with the unconventional way in which they are created.

This new scientific discovery is truly groundbreaking, and its effects will surely be a hot topic of debate when we high schoolers enter the workforce. In order to be able to make decisions regarding its ethics, we need to fully educate ourselves as soon as possible about its implications.