Stem cell advance could demystify the placenta

A new advance could make it easier to study the placenta, and its role in pregnancy, miscarriage, and preeclampsia, say researchers.

Julia Evangelou Strait-WUSTL • futurity
June 12, 2020 ~6 min

Tags: placenta stem-cells pregnancy miscarriage health-and-medicine preeclampsia

BPA-free plastic may still not be safe

Is BPA-free plastic safe? New research with mice suggests the alternative chemical, BPS, also poses risks.

Eric Stann-Missouri • futurity
Feb. 19, 2020 ~4 min

Tags: placenta featured health-and-medicine plastics

Common cold virus sneaks in to infect placenta

The placenta acts as a gatekeeper during pregnancy, but a study that shows how RSV can infect the fetus suggests it's not as impenetrable as once thought.

Keith Brannon-Tulane • futurity
Dec. 3, 2019 ~2 min

Tags: placenta pregnancy pathogens infections health-and-medicine rsv

Technique suggests less invasive way to test fetal genes

A new technique that isolates trophoblast cells—placental cells that carry the complete fetal genome—could offer an alternative to more invasive tests.

Kevin Stacey-Brown • futurity
Sept. 5, 2019 ~4 min

Tags: placenta pregnancy genes health-and-medicine medical-tests

Discovery could lead to better maternal vaccines

A new discovery could lead to safer and more effective maternal vaccines, which protect pregnant women and their newborns from dangerous infections.

Sarah Avery-Duke • futurity
June 14, 2019 ~3 min

Tags: placenta pregnancy hiv vaccines antibodies health-and-medicine

Placenta ‘crosstalk’ benefits brains of mom and fetus

"…the placenta could actually help the mother's brain adapt to changing conditions during pregnancy to maintain a harmonious environment."

Austin Fitzgerald-Missouri • futurity
March 13, 2019 ~3 min

Tags: placenta pregnancy brains fetus health-and-medicine

Microfluidic ‘placenta’ tests if fetus gets caffeine

A new "placenta on a chip" allows researchers to see what compounds pass from mother to fetus.

Mike Krapfl-Iowa State • futurity
Feb. 18, 2019 ~4 min

Tags: placenta pregnancy health-and-medicine caffeine microfluidic-arrays

2 proteins decide whether cells become placenta or baby

Two proteins could be key to deciphering how pluripotent cells are born, which may one day lead to new ways of using stem cells to keep people healthy.

Layne Cameron-Michigan State • futurity
Dec. 12, 2018 ~4 min

Tags: placenta reproduction stem-cells pregnancy featured science-and-technology embryos

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