Two baby girls are the first humans born a few days ago after micro-insemination with a robot
DHey little girlswhich the researchers claim are the first humans born after insemination with robots came into the world a few days ago.
Last spring, a team of engineers in Barcelona sent a sperm-injecting robot to New York. Scientists at the New Hope Clinic in New York assembled the robot, which consists of a microscope, a mechanical needle, a tiny Petri dish and a laptop.
Overall, the robot was used to fertilization more than twelve eggs and from this process was born the two little girls.
“Imagine a box in which you put sperm and eggs, and five days later an embryo comes out,” said Santiago Munet, an award-winning geneticist and head of innovation at Spanish startup Overture Life, which developed the robot.
He believes that if IVF could be performed inside a tabletop scientific tool, patients might never need to visit a specialist clinic, where a single IVF attempt can cost $20,000 in the US.
Instead, he said, a woman’s eggs could be piped directly into an automated fertility system in a gynecologist’s office.
The MIT Technology Review reports on other startups with similar goals, and some are affiliated with university labs specializing in tiny lab-on-a-chip technology.
The main goal of automating IVF, entrepreneurs say, is simple: to make a lot more babies.
About 500,000 IVF children are born worldwide each year, but most people trying to have children either don’t have access to fertility drugs or can’t afford them.
With information from ERT
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