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Artificial Wombs In the Near Future? 367

New submitter 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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  • Re:De-evolution (Score:4, Informative)

    by frinsore ( 153020 ) on Wednesday November 14, 2012 @04:46PM (#41984271)

    Your argument is a few decades late. Instead of having a surrogate mother carry the child to term now a tank "carries" the child to term.

  • by Macgrrl ( 762836 ) on Thursday November 15, 2012 @02:27AM (#41988981)

    Taking this question entirely seriously for a moment and assuming you were too.

    IVF is popular because something like 1 in 7 couples have difficulty conceiving naturally. Even having managed to conceive something like 70-80% of conceptions fail to result in a viable pregnancy because they don't attach properly to the uterine lining. It's part of the reason that even women who aren't on birth control don't have a pregnancy every month they are 'fertile' and have sex.

    Potentially the use of artificial wombs would reduce the instance of miscarriage and improve the success rates of IVF beyond what is currently normal. There are plenty of people out there who would like to have children for whom 'good old fashioned fucking' isn't a viable solution.

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