Making babies in the future

In a special News report, Nature asks leading reproductive biologists and clinicians what developments in the field could have an equivalent impact in the next three decades. Millions of babies have now been conceived through IVF – will any of the experts’ latest predictions, including artificial wombs, be as commonplace in 2028?

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Artificial placentas? Pods filled with developing embryos? Cloned babies? Genetic cassettes? An end to infertility?

Thirty years ago this month, Louise Brown, the world’s first ‘test tube’ baby was born. She was conceived outside of the body using a controversial new technology called in vitro fertilization (IVF).

In a special News report, Nature asks leading reproductive biologists and clinicians what developments in the field could have an equivalent impact in the next three decades. Millions of babies have now been conceived through IVF – will any of the experts’ latest predictions, including artificial wombs, be as commonplace in 2028?

Also in this issue are a related Essay and Editorial.

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