- Oct 28, 2007
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In the 1920s, scientist J B S Haldane famously predicted that by 2074 more than 70% of humans would be born from an artificial womb. We are still a long way off that, however babies are coping with spending an increasing amount of gestation time outside the human body. Fertilisation can occur in the lab, as can the first two weeks of the embryo forming. Babies can also survive despite being born at 22-24 weeks – something that was unthinkable in the 1970s. Link.
Interesting article on the possibilities of gestation occurring outside the human body. The article writer, a professor reproductive medicine suggests that by the mid century we may have "baby pods" - what do you feel are the ethics and possibilities?
OK - but let's get this image out of the way first...