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In one winning paper, scientists describe an insect whose females have evolved a penis-like appendage that penetrates males’ “vaginas.”

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image: How Zika Infects Mother and Baby

How Zika Infects Mother and Baby

By | August 25, 2016

The virus replicates in the vaginal tissue of pregnant mice and in the brains of their fetuses, researchers show.

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The Maternal Microbiome

By | May 21, 2014

Moms bombard their babies with bugs both before and after they’re born.

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image: Characterizing the “Healthy” Vagina

Characterizing the “Healthy” Vagina

By | May 19, 2014

The overly simplistic notion of a Lactobacillus-dominated vaginal microbiome is giving way to an appreciation of diverse and dynamic bacterial communities.

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image: Women Receive Lab-Grown Vaginas

Women Receive Lab-Grown Vaginas

By | April 14, 2014

Doctors implant custom-made organs, built from a tissue sample and a biodegradable scaffold, into four female patients born with underdeveloped or missing vaginas.

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