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Is Sexless reproduction a possible future?

by on Nov.15, 2012, under Uncategorized

According to Dick Pelletier from the Institute of Ethics & Emerging Technologies

“Cutting-edge research around the world will soon launch a new era in human procreation – a world in which embryos can be ‘brought to term’ in artificial wombs, replacing traditional pregnancies.”

He goes on to say:

“In Japan, Juntendo University researcher Yosinori Kuwabara and his team kept goat fetuses growing for ten days. While this womb was only a prototype, Kuwabara predicts that a fully functioning artificial womb capable of gestating a human fetus will evolve in the near future.”

Whilst I visualise matrix-style human farms, I cannot help but wonder whether there is reason enough to pursue such technology or even if it is even ethical in the first place. Having children of my own, I must unfortunately agree with the critics which are arguing that such technology would intefer with the mother-child development of the baby and the contributions that such interaction provides.

To read the full article, vist: http://ieet.org/index.php/IEET/more/pelletier20121113

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