Are Artifical Wombs the Future?
Premature babies are born evey day. It's common for them develop several different health complications including death. One of the primary reasons for these problems is that their lungs are undeveloped, and they will not continue to grow once they have been exposed to the outside air. What if we could find a way to continue the development of a fetus to help ensure a healthier human being? Is it even possible?
The Lamb Experiment
An experiment was conducted at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia. Eight lamb fetuses were born prematurely and inserted into artifical wombs. Oxygen was administered through a tube like an umbilical cord.
What happened next would shock the world! The lambs started to flourish. They progressed to gain weight, open their eyes, and grow wool coats. Even their organs developed properly.
The ultimate goal is to help premature babies. Approximately 30,000 infants are born prematurely every year in America. Hopefully this technology can help improve their lives.