Bioetics Issues of Artificial Placenta and Artificial Womb Technology

M. C. Medori, G. Bonetti, K. Donato, K. Dhuli, G. Henehan, R. Brown, P. Sieving, P. Sykora, R. Marks, B. Falsini, N. Capodicasa, S. Miertus, L. Lorusso, D. Dondossola, G. M. Tartaglia, G. M. Tartaglia, M. C. Ergoren, M. Dundar, S. Michelini, D. MalacarneT. Beccari, S. T. Connelly, D. Martin, A. Bacu, K. L. Herbst, M. Kapustin, L. Stuppia, L. Lumer, G. Farronato, M. Bertelli

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Abstract

Abstract: The worldwide infertility crisis and the increase in mortality and morbidity among infants, due to preterm births and associated complications, have stimulated research into artificial placenta (AP) and artificial womb (AW) technology as novel solutions. These technologies mimic the natural environment provided in the mother's womb, using chambers that ensure the supply of nutrients to the fetus and disposal of waste substances through an appropriate mechanism. This review aims to highlight the background of AP and AW technologies, revisit their historical development and proposed applications, and discuss challenges and bioethical and moral issues. Further research is required to investigate any negative effects of these new technologies, and ethical concerns pertaining to the structure and operation of this newly developed technology must be addressed and resolved prior to its introduction to the public sphere.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)243-248
Number of pages6
JournalLa Clinica terapeutica
Volume174
Issue number6
DOIs
StatePublished - 1 Nov 2023

Keywords

  • artificial placenta technology
  • artificial womb technology
  • Ectogestation
  • ethical concerns
  • infertility

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Medicine

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