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New Study Examining Mystery Of Fertility

2/29/2012

New research out of Harvard University is challenging traditional views of fertility.

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Harvard scientists have discovered the ovaries of a young woman may actually harbor rare stem cells that are able to produce new eggs. For decades, doctors have believed that women were born will all the eggs they'll ever have. It's now believed that the touted stem cells could one day lead to better infertility treatments. The finding could unravel mysteries about how human eggs are born and develop.

Carmel-based Fertility Specialist Dr. Bradford Bopp says one issue is whether the cells would be capable of producing eggs that would mature. The next step is for other labs to see if they can duplicate and verify the findings. Many experts caution that the process alone would take years at best.

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