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Scientists grow human eggs in lab

LONDON • Scientists have succeeded for the first time in growing human eggs in a laboratory from the earliest stages in ovarian tissue all the way to full maturity - a scientific step that had previously been taken in mice.

Publishing their result in the journal Molecular Human Reproduction yesterday, scientists from two British research hospitals in Edinburgh and the Centre for Human Reproduction in New York said it could one day help in developing regenerative medicine therapies and new infertility treatments.

But independent experts not directly involved in this work cautioned that there is much more to do before lab-grown human eggs can be safely made ready for fertilisation with sperm.


Israel must compromise too: Trump

JERUSALEM • United States President Donald Trump told Israel yesterday that it too would need to make "significant compromises" for peace with the Palestinians, even as the Palestinians accused one of his Middle East envoys of bogging down diplomacy with what they see as pro-Israel bias.

The Palestinians were outraged by Mr Trump's Dec 6 recognition of Jerusalem as the Israeli capital and say they are looking at additional world powers as potential mediators.

In an interview with an Israeli newspaper that was excerpted ahead of its full publication tomorrow, Mr Trump described his Jerusalem move as a "high point" of his first year in office.


Putin doesn't have a smartphone

MOSCOW • Russian President Vladimir Putin has said he still does not have a smartphone, after revealing last year that he has no interest in joining any social media networks.

Mr Putin made the admission at a meeting with scientists and academics on Thursday, while travelling in Siberia ahead of March 18 polls in which he is seeking a fourth term in the Kremlin. He was responding to a speech by Mr Mikhail Kovalchuk, head of the Kurchatov nuclear research institute.

In past years, Mr Putin has claimed that the Internet is a "special project of the CIA" - referring to the United States' Central Intelligence Agency - and "half pornography".


A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on February 10, 2018, with the headline 'World Briefs'. Print Edition | Subscribe