April 27, 2017 | Michael, Contemporary Science Volunteer

Scientists have developed an artificial womb where a prematurely born fetus can finish its gestation.

Researchers were able to support premature lambs for 28 days with the device. It allowed time for their lungs to develop enough for them to live independently. While the lambs showed signs of normal and healthy development, researchers say it will be many years before the technology is ready for human babies.

Preterm babies today rely on intrusive ventilators to survive. I'm hopeful that this technology may one day provide a safer alternative.


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The lambs were equivalent to 23-week-old human babies.


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Jorge Rudilla

May 5, 2017 at 07:02

This is the progress we need, it doesn't matter the way you're born, what's important is what you do when you're born.

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