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9th Jul '17 10:47:45 AM nombretomado
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* ''Literature/WhateleyUniverse'': [[MadScientist Bio-Devisors]] have used this technique since before WorldWarTwo, and clones can be [[ReallyWasBornYesterday aged to adulthood rapidly]], but forced maturation leads to a high chance of [[CLoneDegeneration protein antagonism]] - any traumatic damage can kill most such clones. The major exceptions to date are Belphoebe (who is a high-level regenerator and was subjected to a tool that reduced the effect while being grown) and the first generation [[PettingZooPeople Animen]] (though no is entirely sure what Dr DNA did when creating them).

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* ''Literature/WhateleyUniverse'': [[MadScientist Bio-Devisors]] have used this technique since before WorldWarTwo, UsefulNotes/WorldWarII, and clones can be [[ReallyWasBornYesterday aged to adulthood rapidly]], but forced maturation leads to a high chance of [[CLoneDegeneration protein antagonism]] - any traumatic damage can kill most such clones. The major exceptions to date are Belphoebe (who is a high-level regenerator and was subjected to a tool that reduced the effect while being grown) and the first generation [[PettingZooPeople Animen]] (though no is entirely sure what Dr DNA did when creating them).
12th Jun '17 10:30:12 AM Schol-R-LEA
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* ''Literature/WhateleyUniverse'': [[MadScientist Bio-Devisors]] have used this technique since before WorldWarTwo, and clones can be [[ReallyWasBornYeserday aged to adulthood rapidly]], but forced maturation leads to a high chance of [[CLoneDegeneration protein antagonism]] - any traumatic damage can kill most such clones. The major exceptions to date are Belphoebe (who is a high-level regenerator and was subjected to a tool that reduced the effect while being grown) and the first generation [[PettingZooPeople Animen]] (though no is entirely sure what Dr DNA did when creating them).

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* ''Literature/WhateleyUniverse'': [[MadScientist Bio-Devisors]] have used this technique since before WorldWarTwo, and clones can be [[ReallyWasBornYeserday [[ReallyWasBornYesterday aged to adulthood rapidly]], but forced maturation leads to a high chance of [[CLoneDegeneration protein antagonism]] - any traumatic damage can kill most such clones. The major exceptions to date are Belphoebe (who is a high-level regenerator and was subjected to a tool that reduced the effect while being grown) and the first generation [[PettingZooPeople Animen]] (though no is entirely sure what Dr DNA did when creating them).
12th Jun '17 10:29:02 AM Schol-R-LEA
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* ''Literature/WhateleyUniverse'': [[MadScientist Bio-Devisors]] have used this technique since before WorldWarTwo, and clones can be [[ReallyWasBornYeserday aged to adulthood rapidly]], but forced maturation leads to a high chance of [[CLoneDegeneration protein antagonism]] - any traumatic damage can kill most such clones. The major exceptions to date are Belphoebe (who is a high-level regenerator and was subjected to a tool that reduced the effect while being grown) and the first generation [[PettingZooPeople Animen]] (though no is entirely sure what Dr DNA did when creating them).
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12th Jun '17 10:14:50 AM Nakuyabi
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A uterine replicator is a way of growing a child outside the human body by using technology, magic, or [[{{Magitek}} a combination of the two]] in place of the mother's womb. The reasons for this are many and varied: sometimes it's done to combat [[LawOfInverseFertility problems with]] [[SterilityPlague sterility]], or it's done as a means of population control or abortion alternative, or as a way to protect the mother from DeathByChildbirth, or even to let two men [[HomosexualReproduction reproduce]] together without invoking MisterSeahorse. It can even be simply a case of a TrulySingleParent with an "interesting" outlook not wanting to "pollute" his/her child (often a DesignerBaby) by exposure to the "flawed" environment of a natural/organic womb.

Aside from the benefits described above, such devices are often a staple of {{Dystopia}}n settings. In the most typical scenario, popularized by works such as ''Literature/BraveNewWorld'', a power-hungry totalitarian government [[NoSexAllowed outlaws all sex]] (or renders it irrelevant in some other way), and claims exclusive rights to growing children, who are then brainwashed into accepting the government's official ideology and their place in society without question from birth (or even from conception). In such a case, you can expect whoever rebels against said government to employ an AppealToNature and argue that the technology of growing children artificially is in itself evil, rather than the government's oppressive brainwashing techniques.

In an increasing number of science-fiction settings where a society is portrayed as having gender equality, uterine replicators are a way of allowing women to avoid the negative issues of pregnancy and health risks to the mother and fetus, especially if the mother works in a dangerous environment such as the military.

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A uterine replicator is a way of growing a child outside the human body by using technology, magic, or [[{{Magitek}} a combination of the two]] in place of the mother's womb. The reasons for this are many and varied: sometimes it's done to combat [[LawOfInverseFertility problems with]] [[SterilityPlague sterility]], or it's done as a means of population control or abortion alternative, or as a way to protect the mother from DeathByChildbirth, or even to let two men [[HomosexualReproduction reproduce]] together without invoking the rather messy issues of MisterSeahorse. It can even be simply a case of a TrulySingleParent with an "interesting" outlook a rather unique personal philosophy wishing not wanting to "pollute" his/her child (often a DesignerBaby) by exposure to the "flawed" environment of a natural/organic womb.

Aside from While sometimes deployed in seeking the benefits described above, such devices are also often a staple of {{Dystopia}}n settings. In the most typical scenario, popularized by works such as ''Literature/BraveNewWorld'', a power-hungry totalitarian government [[NoSexAllowed outlaws all sex]] (or renders it irrelevant in some other way), specifically all ''reproductive'' sex), and claims exclusive rights to growing making children, who are it can then brainwashed easily brainwash into accepting the government's official ideology and their place in society without question from birth (or even from conception). conception) due to their having no biochemically based emotional attachments to their parents. In such a case, you can expect whoever rebels less-well-written stories of this kind, whoever's rebelling against said government is likely to employ an AppealToNature and argue contend that the technology of growing children artificially is in itself evil, is inherently evil because [[AppealToNature the method is artificial]], rather than that the government's government is evil for using it as part of its oppressive brainwashing techniques.

techniques. (Likewise, they may [[BrokenAesop undercut their own moral position]] by contending there's something inherently evil about the ''children'' produced this way, on the grounds that having no biochemical attachment to one's parents somehow "erases" one's humanity.)

In an increasing number of science-fiction settings where a society is portrayed as having promoting gender equality, uterine replicators are a way of allowing women to avoid skip the negative issues of pregnancy mental and physical health risks of natural pregnancy to the mother and fetus, especially child, particularly if the mother works in a an inherently dangerous environment or occupation such as the military.



* In ''Manga/FrankenFran'', Fran devises a replicator based on the lifecycle of flies. The baby starts out as a maggot, becomes a cocoon, then hatches as a normal baby. Another doctor steals her research and mass-markets the technique. The series being what it is, it goes horribly wrong, as the doctor didn't bother testing [[BlackComedy how the cocoons would fare]] when brought outside of a sterile environment.

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* In ''Manga/FrankenFran'', Fran devises a replicator based on the lifecycle life cycle of flies. The baby starts out as a maggot, becomes a cocoon, then hatches as a normal baby. Another doctor steals her research and mass-markets the technique. The series being what it is, it goes horribly wrong, as the doctor didn't bother testing [[BlackComedy how the cocoons would fare]] when brought outside of a sterile environment.
7th Jun '17 8:03:19 PM TheRoguePenguin
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* In ''Series/StarTrekVoyager'', a transporter malfunction fuses some of Seven's Borg nanoprobes with the Doctor's mobile emitter. The nanoprobes adapt the technology and everything in the science lab where it's kept to grow a Borg drone from scratch, using a tissue sample from an Ensign sent to check up on the emitter.
25th May '17 3:40:46 PM KeithM
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In an increasing number of science-fiction settings where a society is portrayed as having gender equality, uterine replicators are a way of allowing women to avoid the negative issues of pregnancy and health risks to the mother and fetus, especially if the mother works in a dangerous environment such as the military.
23rd May '17 7:15:43 PM Amahn
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* The society of ''Anime/TowardTheTerra'' established by the [=S.D.=] Government uses this exclusively. All babies are born in test tubes, then assigned to a couple to be raised, and once they reach a certain age (this troper forgets exactly, somewhere around puberty) the memories of those parents are removed and the child moves on to life as an adult. [[spoiler: It's all system set up by the computer which runs the Superior Domination Government in order to control humans, and the memory erasure is to detect and weed out new abnormal evolutions that the computer does not if they're a good thing or bad thing.]] When pairs of Mu decide to have children the "natural way", it's at first believed impossible but the result is the 7 most powerful Mu to ever exist.
21st May '17 7:35:42 AM Led2004
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* "Tubing," the practice of bringing babies to term in artificial wombs, is a matter-of-fact staple of medicine in ''Literature/HonorHarrington'', although the attitudes towards it varies amongst different cultures. The setting is unusual in that the child is often conceived normally and then transferred to the artificial womb, rather than being limited to those created using wholly artificial means. Honor's own son, Raoul, is conceived [[ButICantBePregnant by accident]] and tubed so she can continue her military career.

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* "Tubing," the practice of bringing babies to term in artificial wombs, is a matter-of-fact staple of medicine in ''Literature/HonorHarrington'', although the attitudes towards it varies amongst different cultures. The setting is unusual in that the child is often conceived normally and then transferred to the artificial womb, rather than being limited to those created using wholly artificial means. Honor's [[spoiler:Honor's own son, Raoul, is conceived [[ButICantBePregnant by accident]] and tubed so she can continue her military career.career]].
20th Apr '17 10:59:34 AM MadCat221
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* In ''TabletopGame/BattleTech'', the Clans of Kerensky produce the majority of their warrior caste this way (combined with a sort of eugenic DesignerBabies system of parentage). They call themselves "Trueborn" while those sired the old-fashioned way are "Freeborn". Their superiority as warriors over their Inner Sphere opponents is widely variable; ranging from the markedly superior Elemental phenotype (massive, muscle-bound infantrymen, combined with PoweredArmor), to the only modestly superior ''VideoGame/MechWarrior'' phenotype (superiority largely lost by their rigid honorable combat ethic when up against the more [[CombatPragmatist pragmatic]] Inner Sphere mechwarriors), to the indiscernable lack of superiority (and sometimes inferiority) between Clan and Inner Sphere aerospace pilots.

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* In ''TabletopGame/BattleTech'', the Clans of Kerensky produce the majority of their warrior caste this way (combined with a sort of eugenic DesignerBabies system of parentage). They call themselves "Trueborn" while those sired the old-fashioned way are "Freeborn". Their superiority as warriors over their Inner Sphere opponents is widely variable; ranging from the markedly superior Elemental phenotype (massive, muscle-bound infantrymen, combined with PoweredArmor), to the only modestly superior ''VideoGame/MechWarrior'' phenotype (superiority largely lost by their rigid honorable combat ethic when up against the more [[CombatPragmatist pragmatic]] Inner Sphere mechwarriors), to the indiscernable lack of superiority (and sometimes inferiority) [[CripplingOverspecialization inferiority]]) between Clan and Inner Sphere aerospace pilots.
4th Apr '17 3:38:47 AM Yozzy
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** The Dark Mechanicus has also dabbled in this from time to time, usually to supplement any Chaos Space Marine forces who hired them. The most infamous version was the Daemonculaba (you'll probably be happier [[MoralEventHorizon not knowing the details]]), a prominent plot device used in a novel involving the Literature/IronWarriors.[[note:In ''Dead Sky, Black Sun'', actually part of the Literature/Ultramarines sister series]] [[OnlyKnownByTheirNickname The Warsmith]] had a cadre of Dark Mechanicus biologists and "physicians" on staff, and his inheritor, Warsmith Honsou, used them to devise, operate and maintain the Daemonculaba as a method to hothouse new Space Marines for his forces. Though there's a high rate of failure resulting in either corpses or monstrous mutants, Honsou was satisfied enough with the results that he kept the Daemonculaba working until the entire operation was destroyed.

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** The Dark Mechanicus has also dabbled in this from time to time, usually to supplement any Chaos Space Marine forces who hired them. The most infamous version was the Daemonculaba (you'll probably be happier [[MoralEventHorizon not knowing the details]]), a prominent plot device used in a novel involving the Literature/IronWarriors.[[note:In [[note]]In ''Dead Sky, Black Sun'', actually part of the Literature/Ultramarines sister series]] series[[/note]] [[OnlyKnownByTheirNickname The Warsmith]] had a cadre of Dark Mechanicus biologists and "physicians" on staff, and his inheritor, Warsmith Honsou, used them to devise, operate and maintain the Daemonculaba as a method to hothouse new Space Marines for his forces. Though there's a high rate of failure resulting in either corpses or monstrous mutants, Honsou was satisfied enough with the results that he kept the Daemonculaba working until the entire operation was destroyed.
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