‘Tired of waiting for a response from Adoption Agencies? Unable to find a surrogate mother? Worried about pregnancy complications? Worry no more because EctoLife got you covered’. This is the tantalising way, the latest foray of scientists to create a human being, called EctoLife, is flashed before us. What is it about? I quote them verbatim.

“Introducing Ectolife, the world’s first artificial womb facility powered entirely by renewable energy. EctoLife allows infertile couples to conceive a baby and become the true biological parents of their offsprings. It’s a perfect solution for women who have their uterus surgically removed due to cancer or other complications. With EctoLife, premature babies and caesarean section will be a thing of the past. EctoLife is designed to help countries that are suffering from severe population decline.

“The facility features 75 highly equipped labs. Each state-of-the-art lab can accommodate up to 400 growth pods or artificial wombs. Every pod is designed to replicate the exact conditions that exist inside the mother’s uterus. A single building can incubate up to 30,000 lab grown babies per year. EctoLife allows your baby to develop in an infection-free environment. The pods are made of materials that prevent germs from sticking to their surfaces.

“Every growth pod features sensors that can monitor your baby’s vital signs., including heartbeat, temperature, blood pressure, breathing rate and oxygen saturation. The artificial-intelligence-based system also monitors the physical features of your baby and reports any potential genetic abnormalities. The pods are fitted with a screen that displays real-time data on the developmental progress of your baby. These data are sent directly to your phone so you can monitor your baby’s health from the comfort of your zone. The app also provides you with a high-resolution live view of your baby’s development. A special section of the app allows you to watch a timelapse of your baby’s growth and share it directly with your loved ones.

“Because babies can recognise language and learn new words while still in the womb, EctoLife growth pods feature internal speakers that play a wide range of words and music to your baby. Through the app, you can choose the playlist that your baby listens to. You can also directly sing to your baby and make them familiar with your voice before birth. Our goal is to provide you with an intelligent offspring that truly reflects your smart choices.

“EctoLife provides you a bonding experience with your baby. Thanks to a 360 degrees camera that is fitted inside your baby’s growth pod. You can use virtual reality headset to explore what it is like to be in your baby’s place. See what they see and hear what they hear. Using a wireless haptic suit connected to your baby’s growth pod, you will be able to sense their kicks in the womb and share this experience with your friends and family members

“With EctoLife your baby will receive the best nutrients that can support their growth. Each group of pods is connected to two central bioreactors. The first bioreactor contains nutrients and oxygen which are supplied to your baby through an artificial umbilical cord. The bioreactor also contains a liquid solution that serves as the amniotic fluid that surrounds babies in their mother’s uterus. It’s rich of vital hormones growth factors and antibiotics that sustain your baby’s growth and development. Thanks to a system controlled by artificial intelligence each baby receives custom nutrients tailored to their needs. The second bioreactor is designed to eliminate any waste products produced by the babies. The artificial umbilical cord helps the babies to release their waste products into the second bioreactor.

“With the help of a delicate layer of engineered enzymes, the second bioreactor can then recycle waste products and turn them back into useful nutrients. This way the facility ensures a steady and sustainable supply of fresh nutrients to your baby. With EctoLife miscarriage and low sperm are a thing of the past.

“Prior to placing the fertilised embryo of your baby inside the growth pod, In Vitro Fertilisation is used to create and select the most viable and genetically superior embryo, giving your baby a chance to develop without any biological hurdles. And if you want your baby to stand out and have a brighter future, our Elite Package offers you the opportunity to genetically engineer the embryo before implanting it into an artificial womb.

“Thanks to CRISPR-Cas 9 gene editing tool, you can edit any trait your baby through a range of over 300 genes. By genetically engineering a set of genes, the Elite Package allows you to customize your baby’s eye colour, hair colour, skin tone, physical strength, height and level of intelligence. It also allows you to fix any inherited genetic diseases that are part of your family’s history so that your baby and their offspring will live a healthy, comfortable life, free of genetic diseases. Say goodbye to pain of childbirth and birth-related muscle contraction. EctoLife provides a safe and pain-free alternative that helps you deliver your baby without stress. The delivery process is smooth, convenient and can be done with just a push of the button. After discharging the amniotic fluid from the artificial womb, you will be able to easily remove your baby from the growth pod. Everything is perfectly designed so you and your partner can enjoy the delivery process

“To ensure full transparency our post delivery free DNA paternity test helps you confirm the genetic identity of your baby, so you can return home knowing that your baby is genetically yours. The highly advanced pods operate with minimal energy needs making it easy for your baby to make it to full term without any complications. And for those who want a more convenient solution, EctoLife is made accessible so your life can be easier, thanks to our miniaturized bioreactor and long lasting batteries, you can use EctoLife growth pods in the comfort of your home, allowing you to incubate your baby in your building without the need to visit our facility. By owning your special growth pod, you will have the ability to build a happy family, one baby at a time away from any birth complications”. It was gathered that concept of EctoLife facility was designed by Biotechnologist and Science Communicator, Hashem Al-Ghaili. The advanced Scientists say it is based on “ground-breaking research work that has been conducted by scientists and engineers since 1950s.

One should state straight away that the most learned, the most advanced of the world’s scientists and engineers cannot create a human being. What they can form and are forming and developing in their labs is a human physical body without life. They can never develop, much more create a full blooded human being. One shall in humility throw some light on why this is so next week.

Ikeano writes from Lafia, Nasarawa state via [email protected]; [email protected] 08033077519

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