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Woolgathering: It’s a Bag, It’s a Baby, It’s an Artificial Womb!

by Craig Klugman, Ph.D.

An announcement last week took the science dream of an artificial womb one step closer to science fact: premature lambs were gestated in a biobag (technically an “extra-uterine system”). The researchers were trying to solve a problem surrounding premature human births—babies born critically early (before 26 weeks) have severe complications that lead only half to survive. The survivors often suffer from life-long medical conditions and developmental challenges. Those babies need more time in the womb to develop.…

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