Journal article

Artificial placenta: Analysis of recent progress.

Stephen D Bird

European Journal of Obstetrics & Gynecology and Reproductive Biology | Published : 2017


The artificial placenta (AP) has for many decades captured the imagination of scientists and authors with popular fiction including The Matrix and Aldous Huxley's "Brave New World", depicting a human surviving ex-utero in an artificial uterine environment (AUE). For scientists this has fascinated as a way forward for extremely preterm infants (EPIs) born less than 28 weeks of gestation. Early successes with mechanical ventilation (MV) for infants born above 28 weeks of gestation meant that AP research lost momentum. More recently, the gestational age limit for survival now borders on 23 weeks and corresponds to the biological milestone of lung development marked by the early canalicular stag..

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