For the first time, human eggs have been grown in the laboratory, researchers at Edinburgh University in Scotland have said. After decades of research, eggs can now be grown until they mature out of the ovary.This could help young women with cancer.

Chemotherapy and radiation can cause sterility in the patient, and now women can freeze their eggs before treatment.This, however, is not possible in girls with cancer. Women are born with immature egg cells in their ovaries that develop only after puberty. Another option for girls and teenagers would be to freeze the ovarian tissue before treatment.

This tissue would come back when they enter adulthood if they want to have a baby.But making eggs in a lab is a safer option.”Preventive works offer hope for a patient,” said Stewart Leyveri, a gynecologist at Hamersmit Hospital.