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Wednesday, 06 September 2023 18:41

Reproductive Challenges in Space: The Next Frontier

SpaceBorn United's Vision

The quest for space colonization faces numerous challenges, not least of which is the reproductive challenge. As Egbert Edelbroek, CEO of Netherlands-based startup SpaceBorn United, aptly puts it, "What's the point of investing billions in Martian settlements if we can't address the reproductive challenge?"

Innovative Solutions for Space Reproduction

SpaceBorn United is pioneering a solution to this very challenge. They've developed a compact in-vitro fertilization (IVF) and embryo incubator with ambitions to launch it into space. The primary goal? To make human settlements, like those envisioned on Mars, truly independent by solving the reproduction conundrum.

The Risks of Natural Conception in Space

Natural conception in space is fraught with risks, from the detrimental effects of space radiation to potential structural changes in human embryos due to weightlessness. Edelbroek emphasizes the ethical and medical concerns, suggesting that natural conception in space might not be the best idea.

Enhancing IVF Success Rates on Earth

Interestingly, while the initial focus was on the feasibility of embryo development in Mars-like gravity, SpaceBorn's research has pivoted. They're now looking at how space-based IVF can enhance IVF success rates on Earth. Their innovative CD-ROM-sized prototype employs microfluidic technologies, allowing the entire conception process to be programmed on a single disc. This disc, when spun, can simulate Earth-like gravity, providing a conducive environment for conception.

The Road Ahead: Challenges and Hopes

However, the journey to human conception in space is long and filled with hurdles. Current international guidelines restrict human embryo culturing to a mere 14 days. SpaceBorn's upcoming ARTIS missions, set to launch in the next five years, will initially focus on mouse cells. If successful and approved, human cells will be the next frontier.

The Complexities of Life in Microgravity

The challenges are immense. Even on Earth, sustaining life in an artificial womb is a monumental task. Add the complexities of a microgravity environment, and the challenge becomes even more daunting. SpaceBorn has already conducted preliminary tests, dropping a capsule from 12.4 miles to study radiation effects on potential space-bound samples.

The Future of Humanity in Space

The company's ultimate vision is audacious: send human reproductive cells into space, fertilize them, and initiate development using artificial gravity. Any resulting embryos would then be implanted in natural wombs on Earth for the remainder of the pregnancy.

Beyond Space Tourism

With the surge in space tourism and the race to colonize other planets, the topic of space reproduction has never been more relevant. As Edelbroek points out, while many are focused on the short-term thrill of space travel, few are considering the long-term survival of our species in extraterrestrial habitats. Addressing the reproductive challenge is paramount for the future of humanity.

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Under Ukrainian law, surrogacy is a legal affordable option for traditionally married couples to have children using their own embryos, or with either an egg or sperm donor. There must be a medical reason you can’t carry a child. You are also able to participate if you have had 4 unsuccessful IVF attempts.