"It’s appealing to imagine a world where artificial wombs grow babies."

Artificial womb successful

#Health

Thu, Apr 27th, 2017 11:00 by capnasty NEWS

According to The Verge, researchers at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia used what "look like oversized ziplock bags" filled with tubes and fluid to allow eight fetal lambs to develop as if they were inside the womb of their mothers. The goal of the device, called a Biobag, is to give premature infants a chance to develop naturally in a womb-like environment.

Inside what look like oversized ziplock bags strewn with tubes of blood and fluid, eight fetal lambs continued to develop — much like they would have inside their mothers. Over four weeks, their lungs and brains grew, they sprouted wool, opened their eyes, wriggled around, and learned to swallow, according to a new study that takes the first step toward an artificial womb. One day, this device could help to bring premature human babies to term outside the uterus — but right now, it has only been tested on sheep.

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