Womb transplants on the cards

Research in rabbits suggests that the world's first successful human womb transplant could be achieved within two years, according to British researchers.

They found a way to transplant a womb with a regular blood supply so that it lasts long enough to carry a pregnancy, BBC News reported.

The Royal Veterinary College team implanted wombs in five rabbits using a technique that connected major blood vessels, including the aorta. Two of the rabbits lived for 10 months and post-mortem examinations showed the womb transplants had been successful.

The findings were presented at an American Society for Reproductive Medicine meeting. The next step is to determine whether rabbits with transplanted wombs can get pregnant through in-vitro fertilisation, BBC News reported.

The ability to transplant wombs would provide a new option for women who want children but whose wombs have been damaged by diseases such as cervical cancer. Currently, these women are limited to adoption or surrogate pregnancies. – (HealthDay News, October 2009)

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