Obstetrics & gynaecology

Artificial womb technology breaks its four minute mile

A major advancement in pioneering technology based around the use of an artificial womb to save extremely premature babies is being hailed as a medical and biotechnological breakthrough. Recently published in the American ...

Medical research

'Mini-placentas' could provide a model for early pregnancy

Researchers say that new 'mini-placentas'—a cellular model of the early stages of the placenta—could provide a window into early pregnancy and help transform our understanding of reproductive disorders. Details of this ...

Diseases, Conditions, Syndromes

Zika may hijack mother-fetus immunity route

To cross the placenta, Zika virus may hijack the route by which acquired immunity is transferred from mother to fetus, new research suggests.

Genetics

A single missing gene leads to miscarriage

A single gene from the mother plays such a crucial role in the development of the placenta that its dysfunction leads to miscarriages. Researchers from the Medical Faculty of Ruhr-Universität Bochum (RUB) have observed this ...

Obstetrics & gynaecology

Making mice a tiny bit more human to study preterm birth

Preterm birth remains a global epidemic linked to a lifetime of potential health complications. It also is difficult to study in living creatures—especially the uniquely precise biology of preterm birth in humans.

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