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An artificial womb called BioBag has been demonstrated successfully with animals for the first time, an advance that could one day solve complications that critically premature human babies face outside the womb.

The lambs were the human equivalent of 23 weeks of gestation, appearing to develop normally inside a plastic bag filled with artificial amniotic fluid, the protective fluid which cushions a growing fetus. Within minutes of premature birth, scientists sealed each lamb in the BioBag, which links to a gas exchanger by their umbilical cord, replenishing their blood oxygen and infusing nutrients. The lambs breathed and swallowed the artificial amniotic fluid, which contained nutrients and chemicals which stimulated fetal growth.

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