Artificial Micro-Humans to Replace Animals in Lab Tests: 90 Million Animal Lives Would be Saved - International Business Times
The artificial human machines that are being developed will be as small as a microchip. Researchers also said that they would produce the same responses that humans would when exposed to certain substances, "either when inhaled, absorbed in the gut or circulated through the bloodstream."
Uwe Marx, a tissue engineer from Technische Universität Berlin and founder of TissUse, a firm developing the technology said that if their system is approved by the regulators, then it would result in the shutting down of several animal testing laboratories in the country. The Times reported that within three years this machine would become a substitute for the animals.
A womb with a view: Ectogenesis is coming | Daily Maverick
Yoshinori Kuwabara, chairman of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Juntendo University in Tokyo, has been working on artificial placentas for a decade. His interest grew out of his clinical experience with premature infants, and as he writes in a recent abstract, ”It goes without saying that the ideal situation for the immature fetus is growth within the normal environment of the maternal organism.”
It’s almost here, the technology that will enable babies, once and for all, to be grown in artificial wombs. It’s already promising to be a legal and ethical minefield, with scientists, religious leaders and philosophers alike jumping on the bandwagon to throw in their two cents on the implications. But, asks MARELISE VAN DER MERWE, what about the most important stakeholders of all – our kids themselves?Artificial Womb and the Human Society: When Science Will Create New Grow-Homes for Babies | Preetam Kaushik
Ectogenesis is a relatively new word. Coined by scientist J B S Haldane, the word means 'developing outside'. In less than three decades, the word will be the most oft heard. Because it is bound to change the way human babies are born -- outside the mother's womb.
When that day arrives, feminism will probably have to redefine itself. Just as an artificial sperm is close to being a reality, thus reducing the role of the male in reproduction, an artificial womb will considerably impact the role of the female in the society.
More than anything else, the artificial womb -- irrespective of the state's sanction to the concept - will revolutionize the process of procreation.