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What's involved in making an artificial womb?


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This article discusses some of the hurdles we face in getting to the point of creating an artificial womb. It's worth a read.http://io9.com/how-t...-womb-476464703


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This would eliminate the need for surrogate mothers. It would also be helpful for cloning extinct species.



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This is going to cause some huge debates.

 

"Initially, the health of a-womb spawned babies will likely be inferior to those grown in a real womb."

 

Huge debates.



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you can bet your ass, that feminists will fight tooth and nail to ensure that this tech will never happen because it renders women's reproductive trump card irrelevant.



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you can bet your ass, that feminists will fight tooth and nail to ensure that this tech will never happen because it renders women's reproductive trump card irrelevant.

In the Ender's Game universe it is mention by Bean that this happens around 400 years from now but is largely banned by society for said reason. xD

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This would eliminate the need for surrogate mothers. It

 

With commercial surrogacy currently illegal in the UK (and MANY other places), I am sure that this would be helpful (but only if it appeared at the right time, as right now it would be banned for being 'creepy' and 'unnatural'). I'm sure that this would be bigger for couples that do not comprise a male and a female, as they can't have babies the 'old-fashioned' way.



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I think more to my line of thinking is the idea that a young woman of her twenties doesn't have to start thinking about 1-2 decades as her only shot at having a family, and thus have to pick career goals that will not restrict those options. She could take a more agressive track of career advancment through engineering or tech with the full knowledge that she doesn't have too drop it and walk away to have her family before it's too late. She can look into it in her late fifties and sixties and given maybe a life expectancy of 90 to 100 know that her child would be fourty when the time comes.

 

It also means that many women I know who have endometriosis and it debilitates them until they have a hysterectomy wouldn't have to fight for so long to get surgical relief from pain because the doctors refuse in cases of women under 30 with no children because it is in effect steralizing somebody who still has the chance to some day be a mother. Instead they give courses of medication that otherwise destroy the womens lives with symptoms and long term damages.

 

But also I think one of the most adventageous things about this tech have nothing to do with procreation. One of the hardest things about organ transplanting is the limited life span of a removed organ. Once it's removed from the body there is no such thing as keeping it alive and waiting for a person in a week or few months. It's find somebody now or it goes to waste. But if you have a womb that offers the protection and fuel and circulation for a baby you've essentially go a full life support system for organs.

 

Not only that but a means of lab growing organs becomes easier. Or printing them. If you can print up a heart and it will need a few days to a week for the cell dots to meld together, just pop it in to a womb with some kidneys and a lung, maybe a live, all from different host cell types, with a artificial blood supply that prevents immune reactions between them. Let them finish. and then you've got real organs that can be replaced into sick people, but you've got time in case of problems that prevent the proceedure from happening right then. Just keep them viable for a while until the patient is ready, or if the patient can't make it strip the organ to scaffold and repopulate with new host cells for another person and let that set up over a few days. Ready for a new host.

 

Heck they could just farm a whole collection of organs of the same cells, printed as small child like organs, and grown into adult organs, then stripped to scaffolds and populated with new cells a few months before the surgery is needed, and then the patient gets a new copy of their heart or pancreas. and goes on as if nothing ever happened.


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you can bet your ass, that feminists will fight tooth and nail to ensure that this tech will never happen because it renders women's reproductive trump card irrelevant.

 

Doubt it, if women could have children without actually giving birth, they might start being paid the same amount. This is the primary reason women earn less & are promoted less to senior roles in business. 



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It would also make it easier for single people to become biological parents (men and non-binaries in particular, as women can become pregnant with a sperm donor).


Edited by Thaizasaskand, 04 May 2013 - 11:28 PM.


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this would be abused by the military to clone soldiers as they see fit.  All look the same, behave the same, easily controllable and brainwashed...awful






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