Artificial womb technology for preterm infants breaks its 4-minute mile

PTI Tokyo | Updated on March 27, 2019 Published on March 27, 2019

In a world-first, scientists have demonstrated the ability of an ‘artificial womb’ to support extremely premature lamb foetuses, an advance that may one day save human infants. The research, published in the American Journal of Obstetrics & Gynecology, shows that an artificial placenta-based life-support platform can maintain lamb foetuses weighing 600 to 700 gm — equivalent to a human foetus at 24 weeks of gestation. “In the world of artificial placenta technology, we have effectively broken the 4-minute mile,” said Matt Kemp, Associate Professor at Tohoku University in Japan

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Published on March 27, 2019
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