A molecular biologist from Germany has announced that he is creating a fully functional artificial womb and claims that in a few “short years” it would replace traditional birth.
Hashem Al-Ghaili released a concept video that features artificial womb pods for human babies in December.
The video titled “Ectolife: The World’s First Artificial Womb Facility.” shows details of a factory that can incubate up to 30,000 babies per year by utilizing 75 state-of-the-art labs containing up to 400 pods.
According to the video, every pod is designed to replicate the exact functions of a women’s uterus allowing the baby to access nutrients, oxygen, hormones, and antibodies.
Each pod would also monitor the unborn baby’s vital signs including the baby’s heartbeat, temperature, blood pressure, breathing rate, and oxygen levels. Physical and genetic abnormalities would be monitored as well.
Al-Ghaili is a filmmaker, producer, and molecular biologist who is using his background in science and technology to develop this brand-new concept.
“It’s a perfect solution for women who had their uterus surgically removed due to cancer or other complications. It could also help solve issues that stem from low sperm count…] could ultimately make miscarriage a thing of the past,” he said.
Parents who use Ectolife would have the ability to monitor their baby’s growth through an app and virtually be in the pod with the baby, seeing everything he or she sees.
According to the video, parents will be offered an “elite package” that would allow them to genetically edit their baby’s traits. That could include customizing the baby’s eye color, hair color, skin tone, physical strength, height, and level of intelligence.
Additionally, the baby will have the opportunity to hear a wide range of sounds that mimic what is heard in utero.
“Parents could even choose the playlist” or play their own voices, so their child gets more used to them,” Al-Ghaili said.
Al-Ghaili believes these pods can become a reality in the next 10 years.