A biotechnologist in Germany is creating the first artificial womb facility in the world, and it will let parents select the traits of their child from a menu. According to reports, EctoLife, which can produce 30,000 children annually, is the result of more than 50 years of innovative scientific study.
Hashem Al-Ghaili, a Berlin resident, is the idea’s creator. According to him, the facilities will enable infertile couples to become the actual biological parents of their children by helping them conceive a child.
You may genetically modify the embryo before placing it in the artificial womb if you purchased an “Elite Package.” You can choose your strength, height, IQ, and eye and hair color to avoid inherited genetic illnesses.
According to SWNS, Al-Ghaili said, “Introducing EctoLife, the world’s first artificial womb facility, which is powered solely by renewable energy.” “Around 300,000 women perish from pregnancy-related problems, according to the World Health Organization. Human suffering can be lessened by using the EctoLife artificial womb, which also lowers the likelihood of C-sections. Premature births and C-sections will be a thing of the past, thanks to EctoLife.”
According to Hashem, it also provides a solution for women whose uteri were surgically removed owing to difficulties from cancer or other diseases. It may also benefit Japan, Bulgaria, South Korea, and many other nations experiencing a significant population drop. He thinks that since the technology is currently in place, ethical considerations are the only things stopping the idea from becoming a reality.
“Every single feature mentioned in the concept is 100% science-based and has already been achieved by scientists and engineers. The only thing left is building a prototype by combining all the features into a single device,” he says. “In terms of timeframe, it depends on the ethical guidelines. Right now, research on human embryos is not allowed beyond 14 days. After 14 days, embryos must be destroyed due to ethical concerns. If these ethical restrictions are relaxed, I give it 10 to 15 years before EctoLife becomes widely used everywhere. Add five years of public awareness and education to help people become more receptive to the technology.”
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The building has 75 extremely well-equipped labs holding up to 400 growth pods or artificial wombs. Each pod is built to precisely imitate the conditions inside the mother’s uterus. Up to 30,000 lab-grown infants can be incubated in one building each year.
The pods have a screen that shows real-time information about the infant’s development. A phone app can be used to view the data as well.
“EctoLife allows your baby to develop in an infection-free environment. The pods are made of materials that prevent germs from sticking to their surfaces. Every growth pod features sensors that can monitor your baby’s vital signs, including heartbeat, temperature, blood pressure, breathing rate and oxygen saturation,” says Al-Ghaili. “The artificial intelligence-based system also monitors the physical features of your baby and reports any potential genetic abnormalities.”
EctoLife growth pods include inside speakers that play a variety of phrases and music to your baby because it is believed that newborns can understand language and absorb words while still in the womb. A baby can choose the music they listen to on an app, and you can sing to them directly to help them get used to your voice before delivery.
“Our goal is to provide you with an intelligent offspring that reflects your smart choices,” says Hashem.
Before placing the embryo into the artificial womb, you can genetically modify it with the Elite Package.
“And if you want your baby to stand out and have a brighter future, our Elite Package offers you the opportunity to genetically engineer the embryo before implanting it into the artificial womb,” the site explains. “Thanks to CRISPR-Cas 9 gene editing tool, you can edit any trait of your baby through a wide range of over 300 genes. By genetically engineering a set of genes, the Elite Package allows you to customize your baby’s eye color, hair color, skin tone, physical strength, height, and level of intelligence. It also allows you to fix any inherited genetic diseases that are part of your family history so that your baby and their offspring will live a healthy, comfortable life free of genetic diseases.”
Two central bioreactors are connected to each pod group. A synthetic umbilical cord delivers nutrition and oxygen to your baby from the first bioreactor. A liquid solution that simulates the amniotic fluid that surrounds infants in the mother’s uterus is also present in this bioreactor. It is full of essential hormones, growth factors, and antibodies that support your baby’s development and growth.
Each newborn gets unique nutrients catered to its needs thanks to a system run by artificial intelligence.
The second bioreactor is intended to remove any waste materials generated by the infants, who are delivered via a synthetic umbilical cord. The second bioreactor can then recycle waste products and transform them into valuable nutrients with a delicate layer of designed enzymes. By doing this, the hospital ensures that your kid will always have access to fresh nourishment.
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Pushing a button starts the birthing procedure.
“EctoLife provides a safe, pain-free alternative that helps you deliver your baby without stress. The delivery process is smooth, convenient, and can be done with just a push of a button,” the company says. “After discharging the amniotic fluid from the artificial womb, you can easily remove your baby from the growth pod. Everything is perfectly designed so you and your partner can enjoy the delivery process.”
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