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Ann N Y Acad Sci. 2011 Mar;1221:124-8. doi: 10.1111/j.1749-6632.2011.05999.x.

The artificial womb.

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Physiopathology of Reproduction Unit, Cervesi's General Hospital in Cattolica, Cattolica, Italy. bulletticarlo@libero.it

Abstract

The availability of computer-controlled artificial hearts, kidneys, and lungs, as well as the possibility of implanting human embryos in ex vivo uterus models or an artificial endometrium, presents new perspectives for creating an artificial uterus. Survival rates have also improved, with fetuses surviving from as early as 24 weeks of gestation. These advances bring new opportunities for complete or partial ectogenesis through the creation of an artificial womb, one that could sustain the growth and development of fetuses outside of the human body.

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