Prematurely born babies may experience lifelong, debilitating consequences with the underlying mechanisms of this condition not well understood, due in part to the difficulties of experimenting with intact, living human … Continue Reading Researchers successfully develop first ever placenta-on-a-chip.
National Institutes of Health (NIH) researchers and their colleagues have developed a ‘placenta-on-a-chip’ to study the inner workings of the human placenta and its role in pregnancy. The device was … Continue Reading Researchers successfully develop placenta-on-a-chip which mirrors what occurs in the human body.
Study identifies transporter proteins responsible for human’s placenta protective ability during pregnancy.
An important function of the human placenta is to protect the fetus from detrimental substances in maternal blood, such as glucocorticoids or toxins. Placental membrane-bound transporter proteins, known as multidrug … Continue Reading Study identifies transporter proteins responsible for human’s placenta protective ability during pregnancy.
Researchers at the University of Michigan and UC Davis have solved a genetic mystery that has afflicted three unrelated families, and possibly others, for generations. These families have been plagued … Continue Reading Researchers map rare mutation causing vitamin A deficiency and eye deformities.
A small neuroimaging study suggests prenatal exposure to polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs), the toxic air pollution caused in part by vehicle emissions, coal burning and smoking, may be bad for … Continue Reading Neuroimaging study links prenatal air pollution exposure to impaired neurodevelopment.
During pregnancy, the mother supplies the fetus with nutrients and oxygen via the placenta. If placental development is impaired, this may lead to growth disorders of the embryo or to … Continue Reading Researchers discover a new signaling pathway in embryonic development.