RE: BIOTECH: artificial wombs in six years?

From: Emlyn O'regan (
Date: Tue Jan 22 2002 - 23:17:55 MST

Do you know who Jeremy Rifkin is? :-)

Cheshire Morgan wrote:
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> From: animated silicon love doll []
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> Subject: BIOTECH: artificial wombs in six years?
> the article makes comparisons to brave new world. personally,
> i would rather think of
> artificial wombs as being closer related to brian
> stableford's future history, where they
> save humanity after an engineered disease sterilises everyone
> on earth...
> it's a good overview of the technology, even if it is a bit
> on the doom and gloom side of
> things.
> Evolution's Pregnant Pause: Artificial Wombs
> ...But another biological bombshell is waiting in the wings,
> one that would forever change
> our concept of human life: the possibility of an artificial
> womb so that, theoretically,
> tomorrow's babies could be grown in laboratories. Yet the
> prospect of an artificial womb
> raises troubling questions. One example: We know that the
> developing fetus responds to
> the mother's heartbeat, emotions, moods and movements. What
> kind of child would we
> produce from a liquid medium inside a plastic box? Do we risk
> producing beings who are
> unable to emotionally connect and be fully human?

Actually, the economy probably requires it; big shortage of techies and all
that, ignoring the current blip of course.


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