An ‘artificial womb’ that could keep pre-term babies alive outside the womb has been developed by scientists.

The device – which looks straight out of science fiction – has been successfully tested on baby lambs.

It could be available for trials in critically ill human babies within three to five years.

Scientists insist that the device is not intended to put an end to pregnancy, but merely to provide a safe environment for babies born prematurely.

The biobag system – unlike conventional incubators – attempts to replicate the conditions in of the womb.

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