A ziplocked artificial womb has successfully delivered a baby sheep. We are on the verge of the next scientific revolution. These lambs were taken out prematurely and were grown inside these artificial wombs. Inside these bags are present tubes of blood and other fluids which are also present inside their mothers.
During these four weeks, their lungs and brain grew. Wool appeared and they also opened their eyes, what a revolution, no? They started to move around and also learned to swallow. One day this invention might help humans baby come outside prematurely. However, currently, it’s only tested on the sheep.
The thought of growing babies artificially without the risk of getting pregnant. However, it’s too early to have a thought like this, fetal surgeon at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia said, “It’s complete science fiction to think that you can take an embryo and get it through the early developmental process and put it on your machine without the mother being the critical element there,” reported TheVerge.
At moment the purpose of developing a Biobag is to provide infants born months too early a more natural and uterus-like environment. The structure of the biobag isn’t similar to the womb but the application is quite similar. It has an electrolyte solution that bathes the lamb just like a womb. It has a way to remove the carbon dioxide and give fresh oxygen to the lamb. The team hopes that the biobag will be improved further to accommodate extremely early infants. Present facilities aren’t that good to help extremely premature babies survive at a better quality. Even if these babies survive, still they have to face a lot of challenges as suffering from health conditions. The families who face a premature birth actually have a concept buried deeply somewhere, they are of the opinion that if they knew premature birth was about to happen then they wouldn’t have started all this at the very beginning.
So, the scientists have been trying for years to save those premature babies and also save families from grievance.