• Question: is it possible for a male repoduce an offspring?

    Asked by sidvickraman to Alberto, Chris, Emmanuel, Jennie, Michelle on 19 Jun 2013.
    • Photo: Chris Whittle

      Chris Whittle answered on 19 Jun 2013:

      Naturally a male cannot produce a baby. I think in the lab they have managed to get two sperm cells to fuse (like a sperm fertilising an egg), but this does not happen naturally in humans.

    • Photo: Michelle Taylor

      Michelle Taylor answered on 20 Jun 2013:

      There are no known cases of males producing babies from their own bodies in the way that females do, however, many male fish such as Salmon will watch over nests of eggs, some male birds such as Ostriches will also watch over a nest of eggs and look after the chicks and male seahorses will take eggs into a pouch on their tummy and grow the baby seahorses in the pouch – so males certainly make very good parents!

    • Photo: Emmanuel Amabebe

      Emmanuel Amabebe answered on 20 Jun 2013:

      A male can only produce the sperm required for fertilization of an egg from a female but can not be pregnant because he hasn’t got a womb (uterus) to carry the grouwing fetus.

    • Photo: Alberto Lapedriza

      Alberto Lapedriza answered on 26 Jun 2013:

      Not naturally. In order to get an embryo, the egg cell produced by the female has to be fertilised by the sperm produced by the male. Therefore, males only produce one of the cells needed to get an embryo. Also, males don’t have an organ intended for keeping the developing embryo (the womb in women).