Friday, September 18, 2015

Advances for the Human Body in the Near Future (part 5)

Ectogenesis is the growth of an embryo or fetus in an artificial environment, outside the body of the mother. Test-tube babies/ in-vitro fertilization has already been going on for years, but as further ectogenesis developments are made, pregnancy might soon become a thing of the past. Mothers that are medically incapable of carrying a baby to full term, mothers that prefer to continue a lifestyle involving drinking and/or drugs, or even mothers that prefer to avoid disrupting their busy careers with maternity leave are likely to elect ectogenesis over natural birth, though employers with economic concerns may someday mandate that mothers use ectogenesis. With this process becoming more common, we will also see more children available for adoption, and waiting lists might plummet to zero. Baby selection might someday become a major industry, and it is also likely that increased use of ectogenesis will someday entail genetic manipulation, or “designer babies.”

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