Future reproduction: conceiving the inconceivable
Artificial wombs, labourless births, a future without sex. This week we're conceiving the inconceivable as scientists challenge our concept of reproduction.
Once a staple of science fiction, artificial wombs are already a reality - not yet with humans but with sharks. We begin with a report in Australia where a team of researchers gestated wobbegong shark embryos for extended periods in an artificial environment before their offspring were born - in perfect health.
Next, we talk fertility feats with author and biologist Aarathi Prasad. Her new book "Like a Virgin: How Science is Redesigning the Rules of Sex" includes a discussion on why carrying a baby outside a mother’s body is not necessarily bad for its development.
Finally, we head to Sweden, where surgeons from the University of Gothenburg have just completed the world’s first uterus transplant between a mother and daughter. The pioneering operation is making pregnancy possible for women without a womb.