Scientific Research

Lamb fetuses can now grow in artificial wombs. Will humans be next?

Lamb fetuses can now grow in artificial wombs. Will humans be next?

When babies are born, they draw their first breaths. Those gulps of oxygen trigger the lungs to stop developing.

When babies are born prematurely, the same thing happens. But a preemie's lungs are critically underdeveloped. Scientific advancements have made it possible for babies born as early as 22 or 23 weeks to survive, but they suffer from high rates of chronic issues. Babies born that early have only a 30% to 50% chance of survival. If they do make it, they face a 90% chance of developing a serious condition related to prematurity.

An artificial womb developed by researchers at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia could be a way to let premature babies get that...

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