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The new study didn't use human infants, but sheep. Over the course of several years, the researchers developed several prototypes designed to support preterm lambs—of a gestational age equivalent to around 23 to 24 weeks in a human—outside the womb.

Ersatz amniotic fluid keeps the neonate in an environment more friendly to its underdeveloped body, supplying nutrients and growth factors, and the sealed environment keeps them safe from infection. Instead of taxing the fragile lungs and heart of the fetus with pumps that drive blood circulation and ventilators that push air into their lungs, the apparatus keeps the patient tethered to life support via its umbilical cord.

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Seems like a good start.

Also, some opportunity for a water cooler joke. lol
Edited by un-midas touch - 4/27/17 at 11:43am
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A good start to what exactly?
 
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A good start to what exactly?
Better survival of premature babies, one supposes.
    
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A good start to what exactly?

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Better survival of premature babies, one supposes.

How the saying goes, the highway to hell is paved with good intentions.

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Close, but i think Michael Bay and the writers got it spot on in "The Island"
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How the saying goes, the highway to hell is paved with good intentions.

Signed Spider-Man

One of my favorite proverbs.....and it's true.

"The path to hell is paved with good intentions."
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One step closer to a Bacta Tank. lol
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I think women are probably more excited about not needing to have babies than men being able to extend humanity without women..

There can only be good from this type of replacement technology...


Although I suppose the problem is when the entire planet is dudes, and we'd all be playing dota.... and no one to tell us to do anything else.. and it's just the entire planet sitting around playing dota..
Edited by tp4tissue - 4/27/17 at 7:14pm
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