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Egg ‘Nobbles’ Can Be Used to Create Embryos, Say Scientists in Fertility Breakthrough

(The Telegraph) – Infertile  women have been offered new hope after scientists discovered that ‘nobbles’ on their eggs can be used to generate human embryos in a breakthrough which could double the chance of having a baby.  Most human eggs contain appendages called ‘polar bodies’ which are tiny nodules of genetic material left over when a cell divides.  They usually vanish over time but scientists have now discovered that it is possible to transfer donor egg matter – from which the nucleus has been removed – to create an egg which can be fertilised by a sperm to create a human embryo.

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