Humans have recently unlocked a new cure for saving premature babies suffering from pain beyond imagination (natural birth). A baby born with a heart throbbing outside its body is being closely observed in an ICU. However, researchers have invented an artificial womb in which an infant lamb is growing. Surprisingly, traces of white fur have become noticeable lately, reflecting a healthy growth of the lamb.
Relationship between a lamb and a human baby
Researchers of Philadelphia recently published Nature Communications stating that the creation of a successful Biobag took multiple attempts so that it can imitate a natural womb of a mother. The underlying reason for choosing a lamb is due to its physiological proximity to ours.
The baby lamb is carefully placed inside a plastic bag containing laboratory made amniotic fluid. The sealed plastic bags are connected to an oxygenator, which will mainly compensate for the missing umbilical cord for channeling a baby to its mother.
Physiological state of the lambs
The baby lamb showed remarkable improvement in growth as its body was soon covered with adorable white fur. Besides, its optimum body weight signaled that the lamb was perfectly healthy and easily survived four weeks inside the plastic chamber.
As an obvious fact that this artificial womb hasn’t been tried on premature human babies yet, and further trials on animals can only reveal the viability of this process in the long run. The Atlantic claimed that the process will be perfectly suitable for humans in three years.
According to the researchers
Babies often endure extreme lung damage for breathing air in as little as 25th week of its development. Dr. Alan Flake, the director of Center for Fetal Research tells that 1% of American infant are born prematurely; moreover, the number is hiking at an alarming stage in the recent years.
The device will save an astonishing sum of $43 billion hospital expenses dedicated to saving premature babies every year. However, the researchers are always emphasizing the machine’s incapacity to save babies younger than 23 weeks of age.
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