Sex of Fetus Affects Immune Response to COVID-19 During Pregnancy
Sex of Fetus Affects Immune Response to COVID-19 During Pregnancy
Male placentas produce more proinflammatory molecules than female placentas, while people carrying male fetuses produce fewer antibodies in response to infection, a study finds.
Sex of Fetus Affects Immune Response to COVID-19 During Pregnancy
Sex of Fetus Affects Immune Response to COVID-19 During Pregnancy

Male placentas produce more proinflammatory molecules than female placentas, while people carrying male fetuses produce fewer antibodies in response to infection, a study finds.

Male placentas produce more proinflammatory molecules than female placentas, while people carrying male fetuses produce fewer antibodies in response to infection, a study finds.

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Fat Tissue Reorganizes During Pregnancy
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Researchers identify a protein that promotes changes in adipose tissue in vitro and in pregnant mice and may help protect against gestational diabetes in humans.
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Soranus of Ephesus’s manual shaped the way midwifery was practiced for more than a millennium.
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By measuring various pollutants in the immediate vicinity of pregnant women and tracking brain development of their children, researchers in Barcelona aim to untangle any influence the former has on the latter.
Opinion: Treating Infertility as a Disease
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For too long, a physiological inability to conceive or carry a child through to birth has been seen as a minor medical issue.
Gene Offers Clue to How Human Labor Starts
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Genes associated with preterm birth and protecting the fetus from the mother’s immune system appear to be regulated by HAND2.
Darby Saxbe Digs into Relationships’ Effects on Human Biology
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Researchers Head to the Hills to Study Pregnancy
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High altitude is a natural laboratory for investigating pregnancy complications, such as preeclampsia and gestational hypertension, that restrict a fetus’s oxygen supply.
Infographic: Maternal Microbiota Has Lasting Effects on Offspring
Infographic: Maternal Microbiota Has Lasting Effects on Offspring
Carolyn A. Thomson, Kathy D. McCoy | Aug 1, 2021
Work in rodents shows that the bacteria living in a mother’s gut can produce immunomodulatory metabolites and influence the production of maternal antibodies—both of which can affect her offspring’s development.
The Role of Mom’s Microbes During Pregnancy
The Role of Mom’s Microbes During Pregnancy
Carolyn A. Thomson, Kathy D. McCoy | Aug 1, 2021
Bacteria in the gut influence the production of antibodies and themselves secrete metabolites. In a pregnant woman, these compounds may influence immune development of her fetus.
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The Scientist Staff | Aug 1, 2021
Meet some of the people featured in the August 2021 issue of The Scientist.
Push to Address Long-Standing Challenges for Parents in STEMM
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The organizers behind a Mothers in Science conference say that it’s time academia provide more support to researchers who are pregnant or looking after children.
Study that Impregnated Male Rats Stirs Controversy
Study that Impregnated Male Rats Stirs Controversy
Andy Tay | Jun 25, 2021
A combination of approaches, including uterus transplantation and the joining of two animals’ circulatory systems, allowed males to bear pups, according to a preprint. But some experts say the experiments were not justified.  
African Coelacanths May Live to Be 100: Study
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This evolutionarily ancient fish species has a lifespan that’s around five times longer than previously thought, and a gestation time of more than five years.
Blood Biomarkers Predict the Onset of Labor: Study
Blood Biomarkers Predict the Onset of Labor: Study
Abby Olena | May 6, 2021
Researchers integrated information from 45 protein, metabolite, and immune data points to identify a window two to four weeks before a pregnant person will go into labor.
No Proof COVID-19 Vaccine Affects Menstruation or Fertility
No Proof COVID-19 Vaccine Affects Menstruation or Fertility
Lisa Winter | Apr 27, 2021
Following vaccination, some women claim their periods have changed, leading to rumors about how the shots affect recipients’ reproductive systems, and even others’ by proxy.  
Doctors Investigate Several Stillbirths Among Moms with COVID-19
Doctors Investigate Several Stillbirths Among Moms with COVID-19
Anthony King | Apr 23, 2021
After a handful of cases in Ireland, clinicians there are warning that the virus might infect the placenta in very rare instances and cause fetal distress, but a rise in stillbirths has not been seen in epidemiological studies.
COVID-19 Vaccines Appear Safe During Pregnancy: Early Data
COVID-19 Vaccines Appear Safe During Pregnancy: Early Data
Christie Wilcox | Apr 22, 2021
Scientists at the US CDC report no red flags in a preliminary analysis of the safety of Pfizer/BioNTech’s and Moderna’s mRNA-based immunizations among expectant mothers.