Artificial Womb A revolutionary reproductive technology for next-gen humans

Biju Dharmapalan

IMG

Science and technological innovations have become an indispensable part of human day-to-day activities. Be it in the agriculture sector, healthcare or communication, we cannot think of a day when we don’t use scientific innovations. Advances in medical science and biotechnology have made human beings like machinery. Like a car manufacturing unit today, we can replace and repair any human body parts. Xenotransplants, stem cell-based techniques, and 3D printing have made finding organ replacement easy for the affluent class. Among all technological advancements in health care, one that would affect the evolutionary process is that related to reproduction. Practices like IVF (In-vitro Fertilisation), cloning, surrogacy, and gene editing have become routine procedures in many parts of the world. To date, even after these advances, the human component is very essential for the reproductive process.

Can you envision a scenario where a baby is ‘created’ within a factory-like environment without human interference? The concept of artificial wombs, once confined to science fiction and mythologies is steadily inching toward reality, propelled by advancements in biotechnology and reproductive science.

An artificial womb, also known as an ectogenesis chamber or artificial uterus, is a device designed to simulate the environment of the uterus and support the growth and development of embryos or fetuses outside the body of a biological mother. Essentially, an artificial womb is a man-made…read more on NOPR