Science Will Replace Your Mother With A Machine Tested On Goat

say hello to the artificial womb. Now, scientists have finally been able to give birth to lambs from a machine. Yes, it's totally A-ok to presume that one day not so far in future, new machinery will be capable of giving birth to human beings like you and

say hello to the artificial womb. Now, scientists have finally been able to give birth to lambs from a machine. Yes, it's totally A-ok to presume that one day not so far in future, new machinery will be capable of giving birth to human beings like you and

Bio-bag:
The zip-lock like packet pictured is that part of the machinery which is full of blood and fluid to support the organism in creation.
It accompanies 8 fetal lambs in it.

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Artificial Womb:

Artificial Womb:

It's no less than being inside the womb of a mother because in 4 weeks it was observed that the lungs and brains of lambs inside grew.
They also did the following activities: sprouted wool, opened their eyes, wriggled around, and learned to swallow.

Eliminating Risk:

Eliminating Risk:

Imagine if that comes to be a success for creating human bodies then the risk of mother's health during pregnancy would be gone that very instant.
The idea is to put the embryo on a life support kind of machine which no longer will require being inside a mother's womb.

This Is How It Works:

This Is How It Works:

The following are the key parts of the Biobag (artificial womb): a plastic bag isolating the fetal lamb like a uterus from the external environment.
The role of amniotic fluid is played by an electrolyte solution which is capable of bathing the lamb, providing oxygen and even blood circulation.

Present Statistics:

Present Statistics:

According to Alan Flake of Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, more or less than 10% babies take birth prematurely, which means before 37 weeks of pregnancy.
Then, there are 6% (30,000) of births extremely premature who are born in the 28th week of pregnancy or before.

Problems Faced:

Problems Faced:

When the babies take birth this early, then they're always in need of ventilators, medications, and IVs to fill the lacuna (of nutrition and fluids) which couldn't be filled while inside the womb.
Even after providing the infants with all the medical facilities, 20–50 percent of them face a lot of health problems after growing up.

Challenge:

Challenge:

Well, that was the mechanical aspect and how it worked for the lamb.
The mother of a human child has an intricate blood circulatory system attached to the child, and the flow of blood is just how it should be.
Something doctors have not been able to figure out because there's a high risk of bursting the child's heart with the pressure of blood administered through the machine.

NICU:

NICU:

Soon enough, doctors were able to come up with a new plan of a pumpless circulatory system to eliminate the above issue; as it turned out baby's heartbeat was sufficient for the pressure needed for the flow.
And, in order to isolate them from infections Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) is used and that is where amniotic acids and bio-bag assist.

About The Experiment:

About The Experiment:

The lamb experiment you're reading about was conducted by Flake and his colleagues where 8 fetal lambs were shifted to the regular incubators after being into pregnancy for 105 to 120 days.

Remarkable Results:

Remarkable Results:

After the delivery made through cesarean section, one of the eight lambs turned out to be perfectly fit as it would've been in the mother's womb.
The parts which are most vulnerable in premature infants were observed, and they were intact including their lungs and brain.

Potential for Humans:

Potential for Humans:

Since it's an experiment which completed its 4 weeks recently according to The Verge is still premature for any solid conclusions.
The long-term problems are still seen which will be faced by lambs.
Therefore Flake said,"I think it's realistic to think about three years for first-in-human trials".

Challenge For Mothers:

Challenge For Mothers:

Another point which came during the experiment was that majority of expecting mothers don't have the resources to take care of the child before it can be transferred to a bio-bag.

Awe-Inspiring Endeavor:

Awe-Inspiring Endeavor:

In the words of Alan Flake, "I'm still blown away, whenever I'm down looking at our lambs.
I think it's just an amazing thing to sit there and watch the fetus on this support acting like it normally acts in the womb.
It's a really awe-inspiring endeavor to be able to continue normal gestation outside of the mom."

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