Hold onto your ovaries folks, womb transplants are here.
Ten UK women have been approved for the procedure, and babies born from
donated uteruses could crawl among us as early as next year.
Leaving aside the ethical considerations
of womb transplantation, our ability to gestate humans in novel
locations is developing so quickly that it’s worth looking ahead to the
next development: artificial wombs, or ectogenesis.
What would it mean for the uterus – and therefore, the biological
necessity of women’s reproductive labour – if it were to become
Unlike other contested biotechnologies like human cloning, the demand
for surrogacy speaks to a natural community of probable supporters for
A pig heart has been beating away in the body of a
baboon for 945 days — and it could be the key to saving human lives with
animal parts. Xenotransplantation, the process of transferring an organ from one species to another, is nothing new. But thanks to a regime of immunosuppressive therapy drugs,
five genetically modified pig hearts put into different baboons stayed
alive. It’s exciting, but potentially dangerous.
Amelia, who has a rare genetic condition called Wolf-Hirschhorn syndrome, does have intellectual disabilities, along with various physical problems. But the Riveras found it shocking and unacceptable that her mental capacity could determine whether she lived or died.