EVE Artificial Womb For Lambs (For Now)

An artificial womb has been used to incubate healthy baby lambs, with an eye to an effective treatment strategy for extremely preterm infants. It uses ex-vivo uterine environment (EVE) therapy.


( Artificial womb diagram)

"At its core, our equipment is essentially is a high-tech amniotic fluid bath combined with an artificial placenta. Put those together, and with careful maintenance what you've got is an artificial womb," Assoc Prof Kemp said.

"By providing an alternative means of gas exchange for the fetus, we hoped to spare the extremely preterm cardiopulmonary system from ventilation-derived injury, and save the lives of those babies whose lungs are too immature to breathe properly. The end goal is to provide preterm babies the chance to better develop their lungs and other important organs before being brought into the world."

Aldous Huxley described an artificial womb in his 1932 classic Brave New World.

More recently, Lois McMaster Bujold described an uterine replicator in her 1986 novel Shards of Honor.

Via Tohoku and EVE FAQ.

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