Womb Mesh

Can conception, the most intimate of human experiences, be automated?

Teruo Fujii of the University of Tokyo in Japan and his colleagues are building a microfluidic chip to nurture the first stages of pregnancy. They hope, eventually, to create a fully automated artificial uterus in which egg and sperm are fed in at one end and an early embryo comes out the other, ready for implanting in a real mother. They say using such a device could improve the success rate of IVF.

… “We are providing the embryos with a much more comfortable environment, mimicking what happens in the body,” Fujii says.

Womb-on-a-chip may boost IVF successes – sex – 26 July 2007 – New Scientist

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