Will we use artificial wombs in the future?

21st July 2010

They have been partially introduced for wobbegong shark babies, but they have yolk sacs, not placentas. In humans there are unpublished claims of successful implantation of embryos into artificially grown womb tissue, but research is rare and the delicate chemical interplay between mother and foetus has yet to be replicated. Nevertheless, I guess it will be possible in a few decades, at least in mice. However, for legal and practical reasons, it’s unlikely to become common


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