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Artificial Wombs: How They Will Literally Change Mankind Forever

Skin Graft Change Yes, if we’re discussing things like breast augmentation and organ donation changes…this field is going to change too. For those unfamiliar with skin… Joe Burgett - June 27, 2023
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Skin Graft Change

Yes, if we’re discussing things like breast augmentation and organ donation changes…this field is going to change too. For those unfamiliar with skin grafts, it is a type of surgical procedure. During it, specialists take healthy skin from one part of the body and transplant it to cover damaged or missing skin. Usually, in a few days, grafted skin will start to develop blood vessels and even connect to the skin around it. This field has constantly become more innovative and we can do some amazing things today in this area. However, rather than taking skin from your body to transfer it elsewhere, artificial wombs will remove that concept. You’d simply grow all the skin you’d need in the wombs, and cut recovery time down dramatically. Plus, if surgeons make mistakes, they can always grow more.

Hip Replacement
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Muscle, Joint, Bone, & Ligament Growth

We truly meant it when we said artificial wombs could do a lot. Let’s say you hurt your hip and need an entire hip replacement. This can be a very difficult surgery for anyone to recover from. We tend to use things like metal-on-polyethylene and ceramic. However, what if you could grow a whole hip bone/hip joint made from the person’s DNA? You don’t have to deal with a potential rejection issue as we discussed with the other stuff. Plus, you’re putting a bone/joint back in place of a bone/joint. It is a brand-new hip that would do the job perfectly. All are made from your own DNA. The same would be possible for ligaments and muscles too. Imagine being wheelchair-bound due to a vertebrae issue. One could have spinal surgery to replace the damaged area with grown materials, allowing them to walk again.

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Entire Body Part Regeneration

Let’s say someone is part of the Armed Forces. One day during a routine mission, a grenade is thrown that lands right by a soldier. He jumps but cannot get away quickly enough. He lives, but his right leg is blown off from the explosion. Artificial wombs will eventually allow us to do entire body part regeneration. This differs from simply growing something you can attach to other stuff. It is an entire leg, right? The tech will become so advanced that one will be able to go into a machine for a few days as the wombs use the person’s DNA to regrow their leg. Many believe that this type of concept is going to be possible before even the artificial womb itself. Funny enough, regeneration already occurs somewhat for humans. This will just speed up that process or do it in places where regeneration does not occur.

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Exploring Societal & Ethical Implications Of Artificial Reproduction

Clearly, we’ve just referenced how artificial wombs will allow us to do several things when it comes to helping mankind. From making sure kids do not grow up with preventable diseases to doing studies that could help present-day adults. Yet there is also more to this to consider. What are the ethical and societal implications of artificial reproduction? Are we considering how parenthood will work for those who aren’t great parents? We also have to ask if artificial reproduction is something society will even accept at all. There will be discussions about the family structure, societal norms, along with legal framework. Not to mention the idea of allowing this to occur while we have an ever-growing foster system that still needs more foster parents. It’ll surely become a huge debate, especially when policies are made surrounding it.

 

Where Do We Find This Stuff? Here Are Our Sources:

National Institutes of Health (NIH)

United States Food & Drug Administration (FDA)

Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC)

World Health Organization (WHO)

National Aeronautics & Space Administration (NASA)

Canadian Space Agency (CSA)

National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases

European Union Stem Cell Research

United Nations Development Programme

American Society of Plastic Surgeons

American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists

United Network for Organ Sharing

Cleveland Clinic

Mayo Clinic

Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine

Harvard University

CNY Fertility

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