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A maturation chamber was a device used by the Borg Collective to accelerate the development of adolescent humanoids until they were ready to service the Collective as drones. Among those who were placed in such chambers were Annika Hansen (Seven of Nine), Icheb, Maryl and a young boy Seven of Nine met in Unimatrix Zero. (TNG: "Q Who"; VOY: "Collective"; VOY: "Unimatrix Zero")
Maturation chambers were first encountered in 2365, when Commander William Riker, Lieutenant Commander Data, and Lieutenant Worf beamed aboard a damaged Borg cube to investigate after its initial attack upon the USS Enterprise-D. Riker referred to the chambers as a "nursery". This "nursery" consisted of several drawers in the wall, each containing an infant in an early stage of assimilation. The Borg infants did not exhibit either the extensive implants or the body armor of mature drones, nor was it known at the time if Borg infants required food sources other than the electricity consumed by adults. (TNG: "Q Who")
After assimilating The Doctor's mobile emitter and sampling DNA from Ensign Mulcahey in 2375, Seven of Nine's nanoprobes created a modified maturation chamber in one of USS Voyager's science labs. When Seven of Nine saw a fetal Borg drone inside this chamber, she indicated that this was unusual, saying, "I don't understand. The Borg assimilate. They do not reproduce in this fashion." The growth rate of this drone, known as One, was twenty-five times faster than normal. The chamber was protected by a force field. (VOY: "Drone")