A viral video showing a grown lamb fetus in an artificial womb has forced Internet users to question its authenticity and we absolutely understand the skepticism! Much to our surprise, it is an actual scientific experiment that was conducted successfully a couple of years ago.
While Twitter is filled with reactions reflecting people’s amusement at seeing this phenomenon, the same animal caught a lot of attention only a few days ago when footage of a flock of sheep walking in a circle for days in China went viral.
Although the experiment revolving around the lamb and an artificial womb was done nearly half a decade back, it has piqued people’s interest once again.
VIDEO OF A LAMB GROWN IN AN ARTIFICIAL WOMB RESURFACES
The experiment was originally conducted by researchers at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia in 2017. The video was shared by Tech Insider on YouTube.
They placed a premature lamb fetus in an artificially created womb for four weeks to see if it would survive.
And guess what? Not only did it survive, but it reportedly “thrived”. The fetus is said to have grown a wool coat, gained weight, and even opened its eyes. They conducted the experiment successfully on eight more lamb fetuses.
The experiment was used to work toward an artificial womb that could possibly sustain premature human babies.
MEDICAL SETUP RESEMBLES REAL BODY FUNCTIONING
Let us offer you a little more insight into the artificial womb to understand how it could possibly sustain life.
Although the Biobag doesn’t look much like a real womb, it functions similarly. The plastic bag acts as the uterus, covering and protecting the fetal lamb from the outside world.
The bag contains an electrolyte solution that does the same function as the amniotic fluid in the uterus to circulate blood and exchange carbon dioxide for oxygen.
However, lambs and humans aren’t the same, so scientists acknowledged at the time that more research needed to go into it before it could be tried on human babies.
Fetal surgeon at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, Alan Flake, said: “I think it’s realistic to think about three years for first-in-human trials.”
INTERNET REACTS TO THE SCIENTIFIC EXPERIMENT
It’s 2022, well beyond the timeline given by the researchers for the experiment to be tried on human babies. But, people are finding the old experiment fascinating nevertheless.
One commented: “Wow..Thanks to this! Now I can have my baby with a baby momma”
“I thought we were only going to have test tube babies but looks like bag babies are the next big thing,” wrote another.
A third person said: “They doing this and more – best believe.”