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Fetal Lambs Grown for 4 Weeks in Artificial Womb

Accepted submission by butthurt at 2017-04-26 08:18:05 from the dear little Bottle of mine dept.

Various news outlets are reporting on work published in Nature Communications [] (open; DOI 10.1038/ncomms15112 []) on

[...] a system that incorporates a pumpless oxygenator circuit connected to the fetus of a lamb via an umbilical cord interface that is maintained within a closed ‘amniotic fluid’ circuit that closely reproduces the environment of the womb. [...] fetal lambs that are developmentally equivalent to the extreme premature human infant can be physiologically supported in this extra-uterine device for up to 4 weeks.


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Prematurely Born Lambs Kept Alive With Artificial External Placenta - Human Babies Could be Next []

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