The Eve Artifical Womb is raising hope for extremely premature babies born at the border of viability (22-23 weeks).

Developed by a collaboration of scientists from Australia, and Japan, amongst others, the findings published in the American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology show that for a period of one week, preterm lambs were successfully incubated thanks to innovative artificial womb technology.

The major difference in the approach taken by this study is to treat the preterm infants as fetuses rather than as babies. As lead researcher Matt Kemp states, ‘At this gestational age the lungs are too structurally and functionally under-developed for the baby to breathe easily.’

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