Pakyong , 27 March : In modern times, embryo transfer is commonly practiced through In Vitro Fertilization (IVF) or Zygote IntraFallopian Transfer (ZIFT). However, the practice of transferring an embryo from one woman’s womb to another has not been attempted.
It is interesting to note that the Bhagavata Purana, written around 3100 BCE, provides a description of a similar procedure. According to the text, Lord Vishnu arranged for the transfer of the seventh fetus to the womb of Rohini, the wife of Vasudeva who resided in the house of Nanda in Gokul, after Kansa killed all six of Devaki’s previous fetuses. Yogamaya performed the transfer between Rohini and Devaki. Balarama was born to Rohini, while Yogamaya took birth as Devaki’s seventh child, Krishna.
While the first test tube baby, Louise Brown, was born in 1979, modern science has not yet experimented with embryo transfer between two women’s wombs. Although embryo transfer in animals is similar to humans, the exchange of embryos between two wombs has not been attempted. The Bhagavata Purana’s description of embryo transfer between two mothers is the first recorded instance of surrogacy in literature, making it a fascinating account.
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