Placenta changes could mean male offspring of older mums more likely to develop heart problems in later life, rat study finds

Changes occur in the placenta in older pregnant mothers leading to a greater likelihood of poor health in their male offspring, a study in rats has shown. 

Cambridge University News | Nov. 28, 2019 | cambridge
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Tags: reproduction

Women in STEM: Dr Alexis Braun

Dr Alexis Braun is a postdoctoral researcher in the Department of Genetics. Here, she tells us about the importance of mentors, how her research might aid in conservation efforts, and how growing up in a First Nations community in Canada spurred her interest in biology. 

Cambridge University News | Sept. 26, 2019 | cambridge
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Tags: genetics women-in-stem crispr biodiversity-conservation reproduction

‘Murder map’ reveals medieval London’s meanest streets

First digital map of the murders recorded by the city's Coroner in early 1300s shows Cheapside and Cornhill were homicide ‘hot spots’, and Sundays held the highest risk of violent death for medieval Londoners.

Cambridge University News | Nov. 28, 2018 | cambridge
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Tags: spotlight-on-stem-cells placenta reproduction fertility

‘Mini-placentas’ could provide a model for early pregnancy

Researchers say that new ‘mini-placentas’ – a cellular model of the early stages of the placenta – could provide a window into early pregnancy and help transform our understanding of reproductive disorders. Details of this new research are published today in the journal Nature.

Cambridge University News | Nov. 28, 2018 | cambridge
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Tags: spotlight-on-stem-cells placenta reproduction fertility

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