Coming soon: Same-sex genetic parenting

Scientists reveal plans to make baby making so easy, two men (or women) can do it on their own.

Published November 13, 2005 8:51PM (EST)

The Guardian on Sunday had a story that simply has to be read to be believed about the growing scientific interest in making babies from stem cells, a process that would eliminate the need for both male and female reproductive material to contribute to the process.

While the technology is being developed specifically for couples who suffer from infertility, it could someday also be used by postmenopausal women and same-sex couples. In short, according to the Guardian, in either two to four years or five to 10 (depending on which pack of Dr. Frankensteins you believe) gay couples may be able to have a baby using both of their -- and only their -- genetic material.

By Rebecca Traister

Rebecca Traister writes for Salon. She is the author of "Big Girls Don't Cry: The Election that Changed Everything for American Women" (Free Press). Follow @rtraister on Twitter.

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