World’s first ‘artificial womb facility,’ will let parents design child’s height, strength, intelligence

  • Controversial clinic expects to develop 30,000 lab-grown babies yearly

  • Developer expects technology will be used around world within next 10-15 years

  • Parents would be able to watch growth and development of their child in see-through womb, while monitoring health via app

BERLIN — A biotechnologist in Germany is developing the world’s first artificial womb facility, and it lets you choose baby’s characteristics from a menu. EctoLife, able to grow 30,000 babies a year, is said to be based on over fifty years of groundbreaking scientific research.

The concept is the brainchild of Berlin-based Hashem Al-Ghaili. He says the facilities would allow infertile couples to conceive a baby and become the true biological parents of their own offspring.

A so-called ‘Elite Package’ would allow you to genetically engineer the embryo before implanting it into the artificial womb. Everything from eye and hair color to strength, height, and intelligence can be chosen, and inherited genetic diseases can be avoided.

“Introducing EctoLife, the world’s first artificial womb facility, which is powered entirely by renewable energy,” Al-Ghaili says in a statement, per SWNS. “According to the World Health Organization, around 300,000 women die from pregnancy complications. EctoLife artificial womb is designed to alleviate human suffering and reduce the chances of C-sections. With EctoLife, premature births and C-sections will be a thing of the past.”

Hashem says it also offers a solution for women who had their uterus surgically removed due to cancer or other complications. It could also help countries that are suffering from severe population decline, including Japan, Bulgaria, South Korea, and many others. He believes the technology is available already, and only ethical constraints are holding the concept back from reality.

Pod for lab-grown babies at EctoLife facility
Pod for lab-grown babies at EctoLife facility. (Credit: EctoLife / SWNS)

“Every single feature mentioned in the concept is 100% science-based and has already been achieved by scientists and engineers. The only thing left is building a prototype by combining all the features into a single device,” he says. “In terms of timeframe, it really depends on the ethical guidelines. Right now, research on human embryos is not allowed beyond 14 days. After 14 days, embryos must be destroyed due to ethical concerns. If these ethical restrictions are relaxed, I give it 10 to 15 years before we EctoLife becomes widely used everywhere. Add to that five years of public awareness and education to help people become more receptive to the technology.”

The facility features 75 highly equipped labs, with each able to accommodate up to 400 growth pods or artificial wombs. Every pod is designed to replicate the exact conditions that exist inside the mother’s uterus. A single building can incubate up to 30,000 lab-grown babies per year.

The pods are equipped with a screen that displays real-time data on the developmental progress of the baby. The data can also be viewed via a phone app.

“EctoLife allows your baby to develop in an infection-free environment. The pods are made of materials that prevent germs from sticking to their surfaces. Every growth pod features sensors that can monitor your baby’s vital signs, including heartbeat, temperature, blood pressure, breathing rate and oxygen saturation,” sys Al-Ghaili. “The artificial-intelligence-based system also monitors the physical features of your baby and reports any potential genetic abnormalities.”

Parents creating baby's traits on app at EctoLife
Parents creating baby’s traits on app at EctoLife. (Credit: EctoLife / SWNS)

Because babies are thought to recognise language and learn words while still in the womb, EctoLife growth pods feature internal speakers that play a wide range of words and music to your baby. An app allows choice of playlist baby listens to and the ability to sing directly to them to gain familiarity with your voice before birth.

“Our goal is to provide you with an intelligent offspring that truly reflects your smart choices,” says Hashem.

The Elite Package allows you to genetically engineer the embryo before implanting it into the artificial womb.

“And if you want your baby to stand out and have a brighter future, our Elite Package offers you the opportunity to genetically engineer the embryo before implanting it into the artificial womb,” the site explains. “Thanks to CRISPR-Cas 9 gene editing tool, you can edit any trait of your baby through a wide range of over 300 genes. By genetically engineering a set of genes, the Elite Package allows you to customize your baby’s eye color, hair color, skin tone, physical strength, height, and level of intelligence. It also allows you to fix any inherited genetic diseases that are part of your family history so that your baby and their offspring will live a healthy comfortable life free of genetic diseases.”

What EctoLife will look like, with pods of lab-grown babies in artificial wombs.
What EctoLife will look like, with pods of lab-grown babies in artificial wombs. (Credit: EctoLife / SWNS)

Each group of pods is connected to two central bioreactors. The first bioreactor contains nutrients and oxygen, which are supplied to your baby through an artificial umbilical cord. This bioreactor also contains a liquid solution that serves as the amniotic fluid that surrounds babies in the mother’s uterus. It’s rich of vital hormones, growth factors and antibodies that sustain your baby’s growth and development.

Thanks to a system controlled by artificial intelligence, each baby receives custom nutrients tailored to their needs.

The second bioreactor is designed to eliminate any waste products produced by the babies, which are transferred by an artificial umbilical cord. With the help of a delicate layer of engineered enzymes, the second bioreactor can then recycle waste products and turn them back into useful nutrients. This way, the facility ensures a steady and sustainable supply of fresh nutrients to your baby.

The birth process is done by a push of a button.

“EctoLife provides you a safe, pain-free alternative that helps you deliver your baby without stress. The delivery process is smooth, convenient, and can be done with just a push of a button,” the company says. “After discharging the amniotic fluid from the artificial womb, you will be able to easily remove your baby from the growth pod. Everything is perfectly designed so you and your partner can enjoy the delivery process.”

 

Comments

  1. I could see them mass producing manufactured babies right now. With sperm and egg banks who’s going to know? Welcome to the future of biotechnology. Gmo seeds, gmo animals, gmo humans. Perfecting the master race of genetic superiority. The future of humanity is eugenics, social darwinism, and scientific racism. They can’t say it can’t happen because in history it already has. Where do they draw the line? Playing god will lead to the fall of man. Geoengineering earth for the future of the gmo babies and genetically modified humans who can live forever if they get shot up with mRna everyday to stop cellular aging? They have the cure for everything is it worth everything you ever had? The manufactured future is being forced upon everyone.

  2. This isn’t real. It’s from a r/worldbuilding post on Reddit that was uploaded on December 9th of ’22 by u/Sourcecode12. Journalists should do their due diligence first before uploading the first thing they hear.

    This is the 2nd time that user has uploaded something that ended up being mistaken as real. Journalism is a joke.

    1. Not only is this process creepy but it is also getting out of hand. God created this world one day with trees and nature for all of humanity to enjoy. Now look at this, this world has evolved into something far more different than what we started with and it is NOT GOOD.

  3. This would be nothing short of an abomination. An attempt to become “god-like” and the real God would not tolerate it. No wonder we are in the last days of the last days. The level of evil and hubris in the world today…I expect Jesus any day now…

  4. Biological unit 0000063525524501 please come to the front of the line your parents are here to take you to your new residence.

  5. New year is the perfect time to buy up a bioengineered baby, wonder if you can choose lifespan too since hight, IQ, eye color, skin color, and strength level are available for customization? I want my baby to live till 200 at least.

    1. Problem in this case is: they are that god. Because they believe our God made a the creator of the heavens and earth made a mistake and doesn’t know what He’s doing or getting involved in. Praise the Lord he’s promised to protect us and we look forward to eternity

  6. I want my kids to look like characters from that TV series Sweet Tooth, thanks to science it is now a possibility.

  7. I’m reading this BS thinking I’m reading a plot to a sci-fi movie. There was something like this that Keanu Reeves was in where his family was killed in an accident and he made his wife, son snd daughter. Replicas was the name of it. They were made in a vat of liquid like a womb. But this EctoLife is BS. If woman can’t have children due to money then how can they afford the cost of something like this. I guess all those non binary and trans men can now get babies. Lol.

  8. Woe unto them! Everything is artificial. The real question to be asked is will these babies have souls. Scary stuff when man tries to play God.

    1. I like to order a baby please, I want IQ level 5 package with skin tone number 12, with strength level 5, and height of 6.6.

  9. Choosing the genetics can go very wrong. There are too many variables. Also, doctors will be out of work. They will no longer have diseases to cure if everything is born perfect. Good in theory, but can go very wrong in practice.

  10. This is just someone punking gullible media with sci fi (that isn’t very new). Something like this is in “Brave New World” — written in 1931! also in lots of sci fi over the years. Among the “stupid” here:

    1. the reason women don’t have babies is economic and social — they can’t afford a child, or don’t want to give up a career to have a family. It is not because “they don’t have a uterus due to cancer”.

    2. The majority of those interested would be gay couples, and transgender folks who don’t HAVE wombs (but only if this was CHEAPER than surrogacy, which certainly is not established here).

    3. The genetic manipulation to produce “designer Frankenbabies” is promoted here, but you could do that without artificial wombs. Women already use IVF, it’s not new or experimental.

    4. Oh and the world has 8 BILLION people and no need for any more!!! geez Louise!

    5. Only a man would think this up, believing that the only thing a pregnant woman gives her fetus is a kinda of “hotel room in her belly” — when it is so much more than that — the bonding, the sound of mom’s voice & heartbeat, what the mother eats and does, etc. To deny this is special is to deny humanity.

    6. If some nations have low birth rates… how about ASKING THEIR WOMEN why they don’t want children before some big costly technological “solution”? maybe the reason they don’t want kids is… men are no longer “stepping up” to marry them and be good, responsible, committed fathers? and that can’t be solved with “technology”.

  11. First they had build a bear now we have build a baby, my baby will have the custom deluxe package and he will be a 8 foot tall humanoid fox with an IQ of 300.

  12. Dude this is so awesome, I’m going to make my unborn child look like Inuyasha with those cute doggie ears and silver hair.

  13. Cool now my future kid will have an IQ of 250 and be 7 feet tall and bench press 1000 pounds and have a 16 inch long outside organ.

  14. I want to know, do you think someone will chose a dumb baby? How low of an IQ are we talking about? What is the lowest chose of “Low IQ”? How high? Baby’s born with excess high IQ usually have lower ability’s in other areas, how will you know what will change? How ugly do allow someone to chose? Would you then discourage someone from choosing an ugly or low IQ child? What are your limits? There are Way too many unanswered question and what if someone chose a Fat kid? Do you discourage thereby choosing for them by way of suggestion?
    Hmmm….

    1. 😲Idunno I was supposedly deemed a “dumb baby” but I turned out to be a really cool singer songwriter guitarist who has written over 200 songs…not too bad for being deemed a “dumb baby” by educational tax hungry fraudulent abusive monsters.😃

    2. “Dumb” babies will be “manufactured” to produce a slave class. They will be identical and bred to be docile and submissive. Just think of all the ugly tasks you hate performing that such critters can do for you.

      Brave New World, no?

      1. Unethical is tampering with natural processes… There is 0 fact, even knowledge, whether this will work or backfire miserably… Just because they say all of that is possible definitely does not mean a thing. They’ve only been able to grow a 14 day old. That’s precisely no actual development just mitosis working as is done all over the world on a daily basis already in a dish nonetheless not even a “womb’

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