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  • Posted: 11/02/2012

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U of Pittsburgh School of Medicine animal study finds that male fertility can be restored after cancer treatment

In an animal study, an injection of banked sperm-producing stem cells can restore fertility to male primates who become sterile due to cancer drug side effects, according to researchers at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine and Magee-Womens Research Institute. In their study, which was published today in Cell Stem Cell, previously frozen stem cells restored production of sperm that successfully fertilized eggs to produce early embryos.

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