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 | Dec. 3, 2019 | futurity
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Tags: health-and-medicine infections pathogens placenta pregnancy 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 | Sept. 5, 2019 | futurity
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Tags: health-and-medicine genes medical-tests placenta pregnancy

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 | June 14, 2019 | futurity
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Tags: health-and-medicine antibodies hiv placenta pregnancy vaccines

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 | March 13, 2019 | futurity
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Tags: health-and-medicine brains fetus placenta pregnancy

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 | Feb. 18, 2019 | futurity
~4 mins   

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

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 | Dec. 12, 2018 | futurity
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