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 new research are published today in the journal Nature.
New research provides the first clear evidence that the amount of nutrients transported to the foetus by the placenta adjusts according to both the foetal drive for growth, and the mother’s physical ability to provide.
The placenta is the interface between the mother and her baby, which means it is not only key to a successful pregnancy, it determines the future health of every one of us.
New insights into pregnancy are resulting from research on the interaction between mother and fetus at the placental interface.
Epigenetics is taking the biomedical research world by storm; three Cambridge scientists use examples from their own research to explain why.
A new centre which will research the vital biological interactions between a mother and her fetus launched today, Wednesday 9 July, at the University of Cambridge.