Faux womb keeps preemie lambs alive

Lungs, brain developed normally during four-week trial

lambs

WOMB WITH A VIEW  A lamb at 107 days of gestation (left) — equivalent to about a human fetus at 23 to 24 weeks gestation — matured normally in an artificial womb. Right is the same lamb 28 days later. Such devices may one day help premature babies survive outside the bodies of their mothers.

E.A. Partridge et al/Nature Communications 2017

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