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Womb transplants hailed as success in pioneering Swedish project:

Nine women in Sweden have successfully received transplanted wombs donated from relatives and will soon try to become pregnant, the doctor in charge of the pioneering project has revealed.

The women were born without a uterus or had it removed because of cervical cancer. Most are in their 30s and are part of the first major experiment to test whether it is possible to transplant wombs into women so they can give birth to their own children.

Life-saving transplants of organs such as hearts, livers and kidneys have been done for decades and doctors are increasingly transplanting hands, faces and other body parts to improve patients’ quality of life.

 
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  1. I immediately wondered this, so for the curious: the article states that all of the women are using their own ovaries / eggs; the children are biologically theirs.

  2. I figured we will probably get to full-on artificial wombs before then. The Bene Tleilax way was only done because they were so rabidly religious about bioengineering anyways, and because the Butlerian Jihad restrictions of reproduction assistance technology (I think they even banned IVF pregnancies).

  3. My first thought was “these women all had close relatives of child-bearing age who happened to die” how convenient. Turns out they are using live donors-gross.

    “He said a womb transplant was like a radical hysterectomy but it required a bigger chunk of the surrounding blood vessels to be taken to ensure adequate blood flow, raising the risk of complications for the donor. Smith said British officials did not consider it ethical to let donors take such chances for an operation that is not considered life-saving”

    Not only that, they are going to later remove them!

    “he wombs will be removed so the women can stop taking the anti-rejection drugs, which can cause high blood pressure, swelling and diabetes and may also raise the risk of some types of cancer.”

    I agree with the Brits – not life saving and totally unethical. Hard to wrap my head around.

  4. Whoa, just read further to see why the families would even consent to this instead of using plain old surrogacy – incredibly, that’s not allowed.

    “In many European countries, including Sweden, using a surrogate to carry a pregnancy isn’t allowed.”

    This doesn’t make any sense at all to me.

  5. Agree.

    The discussion in Australia has been about the ethics of people paying poor women in Thailand to be surrogates. I don’t know the answer, but it would beat paying poor Thai women to donate their wombs, I would think.

  6. It seems that mother that bears the fetus has deeper relationship with the child,

    http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23049819
    “Male microchimerism in the human female brain”

    “acquisition of male DNA by a woman while bearing a male fetus”
    “We report that 63% of the females (37 of 59) tested harbored male microchimerism in the brain.”

    A more general discussion,

    http://www.scientificamerican.com/article.cfm?id=scientists-discover-childrens-cells-living-in-mothers-brain
    “Scientists Discover Children’s Cells Living in Mothers’ Brains ”

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