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Dutchess_III's avatar

If a women used her own bone marrow to create a baby, how would that baby be affected?

Asked by Dutchess_III (45648points) December 2nd, 2014
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Yes, it’s possible.

But we all know interbreeding can lead to problems. Would this be a form of interbreeding? Still trying to wrap my brain around this.

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Darth_Algar's avatar

Possible? That article doesn’t exactly say that it’s possible.

zenvelo's avatar

You’d probably end up with a weird clone of yourself.

The DNA from the “sperm” would unzip and match up with the egg, but we don’t know which from the bone marrow would match up. So it might exacerbate recessive gene issues, always a concern.

dappled_leaves's avatar

Inbreeding “leads to problems” usually over a few generations. The risks of genetic abnormalities for one baby are probably not that huge.

Assuming this could work, it is not cloning – it’s still sexual reproduction, with all the genetic assortment that that implies. It’s just pulling from a smaller pool of genes. If the same woman did this twice, the offspring would not be identical.

Adirondackwannabe's avatar

It’s an interesting concept, but I don’t think I would ever try anything like that. I have some nasty genes in my DNA. I expect it could produce some weird mutations too.

gondwanalon's avatar

Dr. Frankenstein would be so proud. I call it sick and bizarre.

jerv's avatar

Hard to say for sure, but the risk of activating recessive genes is pretty high. As for the inbreeding issue, as @dappled_leaves points out, it’d take a few generations of that to become a real problem.

ragingloli's avatar

Without the pollution from male genes, it would be a superior life form.
I can not wait until men are obsolete.

gondwanalon's avatar

You want strong healthy children. To accomplish that you need to tap into a large gene pool. Making flimsy copies of yourself will generate sick and weak children.

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