Scientists Set to Grow Babies in Artificial Wombs


For couples who have been finding it difficult to get babies, the days of such frustrations are coming to an end. In coming years, going by a Rael-Science post, scientists plan to grow human embryos in a lab using high-tech artificial wombs.

Doctors at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia are said to be in talks with the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to begin testing artificial wombs on human embryos within the next two years, according to Metro.

If they are successful, the research could radically change the way humans view pregnancy, childbirth, and perhaps even human evolution.

If those clinical trials go well, fully-functional artificial wombs could be ready within ten years, Yale University physician Carlo Bulletti told Vice last year.

Ten years is a long way off, as far as medical research is concerned. But if artificial wombs are safe and effective, they could help prevent many of the medical complications that can arise during pregnancy and childbirth, per Metro, without compromising the mother and child’s capacity to bond with each other.

“If the [fetus] were in an artificial womb, it would become possible to access it and control the environment without restricting a woman’s autonomy,” University of Oslo philosopher Anna Smajdor told Metro. “So in some ways there could actually be benefits for the [fetus] itself.”


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