Flash Forward
Back to the Future: A Womb Away From Home
May 18, 2017 · 23 min
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Long time listeners of Flash Forward might feel like this future is kind of… familiar. And it is. It’s actually the first future we ever traveled to on this show. A future where humans have invented artificial wombs. And this is a special bonus episode of Flash Forward where we’re going to go back and revisit that future, because a new piece of research recently came out about artificial wombs. I’m calling this, a BACK TO THE FUTURE episode.

 

 Related reading:

 

 Fluid-filled ‘biobag’ allows premature lambs to develop outside the womb

 An extra-uterine system to physiologically support the extreme premature lamb

 Early Ectogenesis: Artificial Wombs in 1920s Literature

 The Man Who Ran a Carnival Attraction That Saved Thousands of Premature Babies Wasn’t a Doctor at All

 The World, the Flesh & the Devil An Enquiry into the Future of the Three Enemies of the Rational Soul

 The Hermetic and Alchemical Writings of Paracelsus

 Daedalus, or Science and the Future

 

 Flash Forward is produced by me, Rose Eveleth, and is part of the Boing Boing podcast family. The intro music is by Asura and the outtro music is by Hussalonia. The episode art is by Matt Lubchansky.

 

 If you want to suggest a future we should take on, send us a note on Twitter, Facebook or by email at info@flashforwardpod.com. We love hearing your ideas! And if you think you’ve spotted one of the little references I’ve hidden in the episode, email us there too. If you’re right, I’ll send you something cool.

 

 And if you want to support the show, there are a few ways you can do that too! We have a Patreon page, where you can donate to the show. But if that’s not in the cards for you, you can head to iTunes and leave us a nice review or just tell your friends about us. Those things really do help.

 

 That’s all for this future, come back next time, and we’ll travel to a new one!

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