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Conservation Biologist and Placenta Expert Kurt Benirschke Dies
Shawna Williams | Sep 14, 2018
He established the San Diego Zoo’s cryopreserved Frozen Zoo.
Placental Health Influences Baby’s Future Schizophrenia Risk, Study Suggests
Shawna Williams | May 29, 2018
Complications during pregnancy may act via the placenta to magnify the effects of genetic risk factors.
Anti-Preeclampsia Hormone Discovered
Ruth Williams | Jun 29, 2017
A small, placenta-produced peptide fixes the pregnancy-related condition in mice.
Image of the Day: Placental Array
Staff | Apr 25, 2017
Placentas from mice with genetically distinct immune systems, stained to highlight differences in three proteins, representing the nucleus (blue), blood vessels (red), and trophoblasts (green)
Artificial Womb Supports Premature Fetal Lamb Development
Tracy Vence | Apr 25, 2017
The lungs of extremely premature lambs supported in a closed, sterile environment that enables fluid-based gas exchange grow and develop normally, researchers report.
Viral Protein Boosts Muscle Mass in Male Mice
Jef Akst | Sep 14, 2016
An endogenous retrovirus that supports placenta formation in females also helps male mice build muscle, according to a study.
Potential Route for Zika from Mother to Fetus
Catherine Offord | May 31, 2016
Placental macrophages called Hofbauer cells are particularly vulnerable to infection by the virus, a study shows.
One Way Placenta Deflects Zika Infection
Kerry Grens | Apr 5, 2016
Certain immune cells surrounding the organ appear to block viral entry.
Growing Placenta-Generating Cells
Jef Akst | Oct 14, 2015
Researchers derive trophoblast stem cells from mouse fibroblasts, paving the way for cell therapy for placental dysfunction diseases.
Q&A: Placental Ponderings
Christopher Coe | Aug 27, 2015
Biologist Christopher Coe answers readers’ questions about the prescient organ.