Placenta is initiated first, as cells of a fertilised egg divide and specialise

The first stages of placental development take place days before the embryo starts to form in human pregnancies. This new finding highlights the importance of

Cambridge University News • cambridge
Sept. 23, 2020 ~4 min

Tags:  reproduction

Prevention of heart disease can start before birth

Mitochondrial therapy in complicated pregnancies lowers the chance of cardiovascular problems in the offspring.

Cambridge University News • cambridge
Aug. 19, 2020 ~6 min

Tags: reproduction cardiovascular-disease-cvd

Older male monkeys father fewer babies

Older male monkeys sire fewer offspring, a new study shows. The finding could have implications for human infertility, researchers report.

Talia Ogliore-WUSTL • futurity
Aug. 4, 2020 ~7 min

Tags: reproduction fertility aging monkeys health-and-medicine mating

Odd immune system lets anglerfishes fuse males to females

Among deep-sea anglerfishes, tiny males permanently attack to relatively gigantic females. New understanding of this process could benefit human health.

U. Washington • futurity
Aug. 3, 2020 ~8 min

Tags: reproduction fish genomes science-and-technology health-and-medicine sexes immune-systems

Bloodthirsty tsetse flies nurse their young, one live birth at a time – understanding this unusual strategy could help fight the disease they spread

This insect's unique reproductive biology could lead to new ways to control the species in the environment – and prevent the deadly sleeping sickness it spreads to people.

Geoff Attardo, Assistant Professor of Entomology and Nematology, University of California, Davis • conversation
July 29, 2020 ~7 min

Tags: reproduction insects molecular-biology entomology tsetse-fly tsetse-flies milk larvae sleeping-sickness trypanosomiasis lactation african-sleeping-sickness viviparous symbiont

Nature’s epidural: Genetic variant may explain why some women don’t need pain relief during childbirth

Women who do not need pain relief during childbirth may be carriers of a key genetic variant that acts a natural epidural, say scientists at the University of

Cambridge University News • cambridge
July 21, 2020 ~4 min

Tags: reproduction spotlight-on-neuroscience genetics pain childbirth

When is the healthiest time to neuter your dog?

The health risks of dog neutering aren't the same for all breeds, a new study shows. The researchers also break down the safest time for neutering by breed.

Amy Quinton-UC Davis • futurity
July 16, 2020 ~5 min

Tags: reproduction dogs pets veterinary-medicine health-and-medicine testicles

Women who experience high blood pressure during pregnancy are more likely to develop heart disease

Women who experience high blood pressure during pregnancy are more likely to develop heart disease and heart failure in later life, according to an

Cambridge University News • cambridge
July 1, 2020 ~4 min

Tags: reproduction heart-disease pregnancy high-blood-pressure

Gene makes plants produce less pollen

Darwin observed that some plants produce less pollen (and some animals less sperm). New research clarifies how that can be an advantage.

U. Zurich • futurity
June 10, 2020 ~6 min

Tags: reproduction evolution genes plants pollen science-and-technology

Scientists at work: Uncovering the mystery of when and where sharks give birth

Researchers are using a newly developed satellite tag to study previously unknown aspects of tiger shark reproduction. This approach could be used on other difficult-to-study shark species.

Hannah Verkamp, PhD Student in Marine Biology, Arizona State University • conversation
April 28, 2020 ~9 min

Tags: reproduction conservation sharks wildlife scientists-at-work oceans marine-biology tagging endangered-species tiger-sharks women-scientists satellite-data the-bahamas

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