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A tissue-engineered uterus supports live births in rabbits.

a study from researchers at the Wake Forest Institute for Regenerative Medicine (WFIRM) bioengineer uteri capable of supporting fertilization, fetal development, and live birth in rabbits. The team states this approach may someday provide a solution for women faced with the inability to get pregnant due to an irregular uterus.

The female uterus is essential for reproduction in all mammals, meaning any trauma or disease affecting this organ detrimentally could compromise a woman’s ability to conceive or carry a viable fetus to term. The transplant of donor uteri has demonstrated potential in the reversal of infertility caused by a dysfunctional uterus even though it requires the use of anti-rejection therapeutics.

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