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It was “really just a design concept”, the red balloons that were to be used as a prototype for an artificial uterus at the Dutch Design Week of 2018. “This week we are here purely to receive input on how visitors feel about this technique,” said researcher Kirsten Thijssen about the project at the time. “In this way, we hope to gain insight into how people emotionally and ethically feel about this. Maybe they still see obstacles or other possibilities that we haven’t thought about yet.”

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