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Artificial womb

Discussion in 'Biology' started by amusicsite, 16 Oct 2019.

  1. amusicsite

    amusicsite dn ʎɐʍ sᴉɥ┴ Staff Member

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    I've been expecting this for a long time...

    https://www.newscientist.com/article/mg13418180-400-japanese-pioneers-raise-kid-in-rubber-womb/

    I read this when it came out in the 90s and have often wondered how development was coming along. Obviously it's a reactive topic.

    https://www.theguardian.com/society...ch-researchers-given-29m-to-develop-prototype

    It seems to be back in the news again with a Dutch company getting a grant to develop a human version.

    On the plus side, it could be a life saver for premature births, the sudden death of the person carrying an unborn baby and other medical conditions.

    On the downside, along with CRISPR technology this could enable biological experiments that may seem less than ethical to most people. You could set up racks of artificial wombs and play around a bit of gene splicing. Grow the results to birth age all without anyone knowing.

    I guess, considering it's been viable since the 90s, has this sort of thing already happened in some shady bunker?

    For me though it's much more exciting for the deep space exploration business. By that I don't mean within our solar system but when we start going to other systems. The most efficient and safest way to send humans over the vast distance of space would be to send frozen eggs and sperm. Then when you get there grow them in artificial wombs. Have some robots that support them as they grow. Once you have a small population there, then they could reproduce as normal. Produce some new fresh eggs and sperm which can be sent on to the next system.

    If we are really going to populate the galaxy and beyond then I really think this is the way we will do it. We are still far from having the right technology to do this successfully at the moment but I would guess we would be more than capable within a few decades or so.