Chinese create robot babysitter to care for babies in artificial uterus

The robot acts by observing, documenting and adjusting carbon dioxide, nutrition and other environmental sources for the development of the fetus. Acc

Scientists at the Institute of Biomedical Engineering and Technology in Suzhou (China) have created a kind of robot nanny to care for babies in an artificial uterus. In the study, published in the scientific journal Journal of Biomedical Engineering, the team says that mouse fetuses are already under the care of this nanny for testing purposes.

The robot acts by observing, documenting and adjusting carbon dioxide, nutrition and other environmental sources for the development of the fetus. According to the project, the system allows the fetus to grow more safely and efficiently than in the natural environment of a woman's uterus.

"The device will not only help to better understand the origin of human life and embryonic development.



but will also provide a theoretical basis for solving birth defects and other major reproductive health problems," the researchers said in an interview with the South China Morning Post.


"The in vitro embryo culture online monitoring system can track and record the characteristics of the development process without affecting the embryo, and provide a basis for assessing its growth," the team adds.


The device involves a complex system of fluid containers, where the embryo develops, aided by a number of fluid controllers and supplemented by oxygen. There is also an optical device capable of enlarging the embryos and monitoring them in detail, which provides important information about the growth of the fetus to the artificial intelligence nanny.

Although Chinese researchers have proven that the technology can be used safely, there is still a journey ahead. More studies are needed, and the team is embattled with intense bureaucracy in its path.

Source: Journal of Biomedical Engineering via South China Morning Post

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