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Maternal Response to Zika Damages Mouse Fetuses

By Catherine Offord | January 5, 2018

Signaling pathways triggered by the mother’s immune system may cause complications during fetal development.

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Reuters sheds light on the largely unregulated trade of human body parts taken from human cadavers donated for science. 

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An Immunological Timeline for Pregnancy

By Catherine Offord | September 1, 2017

A new study uses blood samples from pregnant women to track changes in the immune system leading up to birth, and predicts gestational age from the mothers’ immune signatures.

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Zika Vaccines Protect Mouse Fetuses

By Aggie Mika | July 13, 2017

The first-of-its-kind study follows on the heels of ethicists’ urging vaccine developers to conduct clinical trials in pregnant women.

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Research shows that human immunity develops much earlier than previously thought, but functions differently in adults.

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Study of 81 six-week-olds who were born by C-section or vaginal delivery didn’t show differences in the structure or function of their microbiota, despite contrary results from other studies on babies. 

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Scientists estimate the risk to fetuses exposed to the virus in utero.

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Zika Update

By Kerry Grens | August 24, 2016

More locally acquired cases in Florida; fetal brain damage investigated

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Q&A: Placental Ponderings

By Christopher Coe | August 27, 2015

Biologist Christopher Coe answers readers’ questions about the prescient organ.

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The Prescient Placenta

By Christopher Coe | August 1, 2015

The maternal-fetal interface plays important roles in the health of both mother and baby, even after birth.

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