Artificial womb keeps lambs alive for weeks
An artificial womb can keep premature lambs alive for four weeks and support normal growth and development, a new report shows. The researchers hope to apply the approach to human infants.
Why it matters: 30,000 babies are born prematurely (before 26 weeks of gestation) in the U.S. each year. Chances for survival — typically 30 to 50 percent — have improved for infants born early, but they can experience long-term health issues like chronic lung disease and delays in physical and cognitive development.