Scientists say a groundbreaking fertility treatment to correct potentially harmful genetic mutations has the potential to backfire, recreating the exact mutation the intervention was meant to fix. It’s a problem that could put an immediate halt to the pending practice—but a work-around may be possible.
Some men produce sperm that are poor swimmers, a major cause of infertility. To help, researchers from Germany have developed motorized cyborg “spermbots” that can be guided directly to an egg.
If you’re trying to save an endangered animal, you need to protect its habitat and change the human behaviors driving it toward extinction. But all that will be meaningless if the animals don’t have babies. And so sometimes, you have to help with that, too.