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New technique isolates placental cells for non-invasive genetic testing

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Brown University researchers have developed a simple method for isolating placental cells from cervical swabs. The technique, described in…
Ladies’ choice: What drives faster, flashier formation of new animal species

August 1, 2019

Evolution is actually a Sadie Hawkins dance, as new research shows females not only determine whether male animals…
High levels of oestrogen in the womb linked to autism

July 30, 2019

Scientist have identified a link between exposure to high levels of oestrogen sex hormones in the womb and…
Eating your placenta might be natural, but it won’t prevent postpartum depression

May 3, 2019

Many natural things are kind of disgusting to us. Our cultural traits make it so that we are…
New insight into gestational diabetes

March 13, 2019

The team discovered that the placentas of women treated with the drugs didn’t exhibit DNA alterations associated with…
This illustration shows how Nicole Hashemi and a team of Iowa State researchers are using a "placenta-on-a-chip" to study the transport of caffeine molecules from a mother to a fetus. Image credit: Lasitha Kurukula Arachchi for the Hashemi Lab
Engineers develop placenta-on-a-chip to study caffeine transport from mother to fetus

February 21, 2019

Engineers have used microfluidic technology to create a “placenta-on-a-chip” that models how compounds can be passed from a…
PFAS chemicals pass from mother to fetus throughout pregnancy

February 7, 2019

In a study published in Environment International researchers at Karolinska Institutet in Sweden show how PFAS industrial chemicals, which are…
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‘Mini-placentas’ could provide a model for early pregnancy

November 29, 2018

Researchers say that new ‘mini-placentas’ – a cellular model of the early stages of the placenta – could…
First mapping of cells in the early human placenta to advance research on problem pregnancies

November 23, 2018

To treat and prevent pregnancy-related disorders, researchers must understand not only what can go wrong, but when. Complications,…
First evidence that soot from polluted air may be reaching placenta

September 17, 2018

Evidence of tiny particles of carbon, typically created by burning fossil fuels, has been found in placentas for…
Father’s genes can impact motherly love

August 17, 2018

The team of researchers from Cardiff University’s School of Biosciences investigated the hormonal signals given off from the…
Two in one: human placenta stem cells hold a dual benefit

February 23, 2018

Scientists have discovered a new type of stem cell which has the potential to perform two functions at…
Immune response to Zika virus contributes to fetal harm

January 8, 2018

The same proteins that mount a potent immune response to Zika viral infection can also harm the placenta…
What’s in a Placenta? A Transcriptomic View

April 10, 2017

A human placenta may appear to be nothing more than a bloody blob that swooshes out in the…
Reflux tablet could save 60,000 lives lost to dangerous pregnancy condition

January 27, 2017

An international collaboration led by the Translational Obstetrics Group (TOG) based at Mercy Hospital for Women has discovered…
Study identifies how Zika virus infects the placenta

August 21, 2016

In a new study, Yale researchers demonstrate Zika virus infection of cells derived from human placentas. The research…
Researchers Develop Placenta-on-a-chip

July 25, 2016

Researchers at the University of Pennsylvania have developed the first placenta-on-a-chip that can fully model the transport of…
Zika virus infects human placental macrophages

May 27, 2016

One of Zika’s mysteries is how the virus passes from an infected mother, through the placenta, to a…
3-D-bioprinted placenta could lead to new treatments for preeclampsia

May 18, 2016

Preeclampsia is a pregnancy complication involving the placenta that can be serious — even fatal — for the…
New study pinpoints placenta as treatment target

May 17, 2016

A new study from The University of Western Australia has found the placenta may play a more crucial…
Placental RNA May Help Protect Embryo from Viruses, Study Finds

May 10, 2016

The human placenta is an organ unlike any other. During the course of nine months it is formed…
Peptide Payload

May 10, 2016

More than 10 percent of pregnant women develop serious complications during pregnancy. The underlying cause is often a…
Placental RNA may help protect embryo from viruses

May 9, 2016

The human placenta is an organ unlike any other. During the course of nine months it is formed…
High-fructose diet during pregnancy may harm placenta, restrict fetal growth

May 6, 2016

Consuming a high-fructose diet during pregnancy may cause defects in the placenta and restrict fetal growth, potentially increasing…
Placenta size and offspring bone development linked

May 4, 2016

A larger placenta during pregnancy could lead to larger bones in the children, a new Southampton study has…
They grow under flow

January 29, 2016

University of Tokyo researchers have fabricated a multi-layer microfluidic “organ-on-chip” device that mimics the structure of the human…
Mom’s in control — even before you’re born

January 25, 2016

Egg’s epigenetic ‘blueprint’ important for placenta development in pregnancy Researchers have uncovered previously unappreciated means by which epigenetic…
ResearchKit app aims to prevent pregnancy loss

October 29, 2015

One of the greatest joys for expectant parents is the birth of their child — and one of…
Scientists convert skin cells into functional placenta-generating cells

October 15, 2015

Regenerative medicine is a new and expanding area that aims to replace lost or damaged cells, tissues or…
Maternal protein deficiency during pregnancy ‘memorized’ by fetal muscle cells

September 22, 2015

A new study has uncovered the genetic processes that link insufficient protein consumption during pregnancy with the development…
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