Researchers in California are trying to develop the world’s first synthetic sperm test for men with infertility (and it will look like a Tootsie test, according to the lead researcher).
“A biological sperm machine”: that’s what a group of California researchers is trying to do for the first time.
Hoping to treat infertility in men (leading to about a third of infertility), Paul Torick, MD, director of the Tork Clinic in San Francisco, and his team are trying to build the first artificial testicle that It produces real sperm, according to daily reports.
How exactly does this tradition of sperm products work? Although researchers are still in the early stages (perhaps five to seven years of completion, says Dr. Torik), they are now focusing on the growth of sperm cells for growth (called sertoli cells) and the addition of fetal stem cells to recover them. Sperm, which occurs naturally in man’s sperm. However, if the tests are successful and the treatment is real, it is likely that adult stem cells will be used on the patient’s skin instead of embryonic stem cells.
“It remains to be seen if this can work,” said Turek.
How will the device look? And how long will it last? Unlike current testicular prostheses, which are commonly used in men with testicular cancer who have removed the testicle and do not produce sperm, these alternatives do not really resemble the testicles. Instead, Turek explains that it can be like a bag a few centimeters long: “something like Rolls Tootsie is very transparent.” It can take approximately 70 days, which is the normal duration of the sperm cycle (after that, another cycle must be built).
It looks fantastic and everything, but how realistic is the treatment? “It’s an ambitious project,” Kyle Urwig, MD, an associate professor of obstetrics, gynecology and reproductive sciences at the University of Pittsburgh, told My Health News Daily. “But it would be great if it happened, it would have a major impact on basic research on human sperm production and fertility.”
The potential treatment of infertility has the potential to involve the government at least. Turk and his colleagues received a grant from the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences to help fund their research.
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