In what may seem like a replay of a Hollywood movie, Chinese researchers have claimed to be developing an artificially-intelligent nanny who can monitor and care for embryos as they grow into fetuses in an environment artificial uterus.
Does that mean anything to you? Well, definitely, you must have witnessed the scene in some big budget movies. Let’s get to the bottom of the claim.
The AI system was developed by researchers in Suzhou, which is located in the eastern province of Jiangsu in China.
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The study results were published last month in the peer-reviewed National Journal of Biomedical Engineering.
The IA nanny is currently caring for a large number of animal embryos, the researchers said.
The team, led by Professor Sun Haixuan of the Suzhou Institute of Biomedical Engineering and Technology, an affiliate of the Chinese Academy of Sciences, said the artificial uterus, or “embryo culture device long-term,” is essentially a container where mouse embryos grow into a line of cubes filled with nutrient fluids.
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Although the breakthrough may pave the way for the future of childbearing in a country facing a low birth rate, it may eliminate the need for a woman to carry her baby as the fetus can develop safely and efficiently in outside of his body, according to the research paper.
The AI technology also helps the machine detect the smallest signs of change in the embryos and make changes.
The technology “would not only help to better understand the origin of human life and embryonic development, but also provide a theoretical basis for solving birth defects and other major reproductive health problems,” they added.
(With agency contributions)