Picture of the week

bimaternal pups

A healthy adult bimaternal mouse, born to two mothers, with offspring of her own. Credit: Leyun-Wang

Single-gender worlds will remain a sci-fi fantasy. Gay and lesbian couples won’t become parents this way for the foreseeable future. This kind of manipulation is just too risky for humans, at least for now. But unisexually reproducing mice are an impressive accomplishment, and CRISPR stands out again as a powerful research tool opening up brand new possibilities for the study of genomic imprinting. For further details, please see the STAT News article about the Cell Stem Cell paper by Zhi-Kun Li et al.