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DaemonDan writes "The first successful pregnancy by IVF was accomplished over 50 years ago, essentially creating a multi-billion dollar industry. Many scientists are trying to take it one step farther with a 100% test tube baby brought to term in an artificial womb.

"Cornell University's Dr. Hung-Ching Liu has engineered endometrial tissues by prompting cells to grow in an artificial uterus. When Liu introduced a mouse embryo into the lab-created uterine lining, "It successfully implanted and grew healthy," she said in this New Atlantis Magazine article. Scientists predict the research could produce an animal womb by 2020, and a human model by early 2030s."

The author of the article seems to believe that birth via artificial wombs could become the new norm, but is it really feasible, desirable or even affordable for the majority of Earth's population?"

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Artificial Wombs in the near future?

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  • Just ask Miles Vorkosigan [wikipedia.org] if isolation from environmental toxins would have made a difference.
    • That is a major upside to an artificial womb: it creates a controlled environment. It will take a lot of research until we understand the precise balances and timing of hormones and nutrients that are required for that environment which a natural womb does (fairly) automatically.

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