An article in The Scientist last week says adult human ovaries contain a population of stem cells capable of generating immature egg cells.
Why is this important?
Well, “it was a long-standing assumption that ovaries, unlike testes, do not continue to produce gametes after birth. But this model was shaken in 2004, when Jonathan Tilly, a reproductive biologist at Harvard Medical College and Massachusetts General Hospital, and colleagues published data suggesting that mouse ovaries retain stem cells with the capacity to generate oocytes.”
But whether these results would translate to humans remained unclear.
Until now that its.
Find out how Tilly and his research team made the discovery: