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Common technique used in IVF impacts placenta growth and function
New mouse study by the Watson group published in Reproduction shows that a common technique required for in vitro fertilization changes how genes are expressed in the placenta and alters fetal and placental growth with potential implications on life-long health.
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Placenta changes could mean male offspring of older mums more likely to develop heart problems in later life
Changes occur in the placenta in older pregnant mothers leading to a greater likelihood of poor health in their male offspring, a study in rats by CTR has shown
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Margherita Turco receives ERC starting grant award
The CTR researchers is among 8 Cambridge recipients of European Union awards given to early-career researchers from over 50 countries
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Exercise in pregnancy improves health of obese mothers by restoring their tissues
Exercise immediately prior to and during pregnancy restores key tissues in the body, making them better able to manage blood sugar levels and lowering the risk of long term health problems, suggests new research carried out in mice by CTR
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Placentas adapt to help keep babies healthy when mothers have poor diets or low oxygen during pregnancy
CTR researchers have discovered the placenta regulates how much oxygen and nutrients it transports to babies during challenging pregnancies in a study using mice to model conditions in the womb
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CTR study on mini placentas makes Guardian 2018 science stories list
The miniature placenta study by Margherita Turco and her CTR colleagues has been featured in a list of science stories that shook 2018 by The Guardian
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‘Mini-placentas’ could provide a model for early pregnancy
PDN 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.
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Genome editing reveals role of gene important for human embryo development
CTR researchers have revealed the role of the OCT4 gene in human embryos in the first few days of development. This is the first time that genome editing has been used to study gene function in human embryos.
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PDN members awarded prizes at IFPA 2017
Nadejda Capatina, Hannah Yong and Joanna Rakoczy received prizes at the International Federation of Placenta Associations meeting in Manchester
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Joanna Rakoczy awarded international prize for best abstract
Dr Rakoczy, member of the CTR, has been chosen to receive a special International Award for Best Abstract by the Society for Study of Reproduction
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