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The placenta: a remarkable but often neglected organ

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The placenta is the interface between the mother and her baby and is essential for our development in utero, so much so that in some societies it is considered as a twin of the baby and must be reunited with the individual on their death. During pregnancy, all materials transferred between the mother and baby must pass through the placenta, either by passive diffusion or active exchange. The placenta also produces an array of hormones that have a profound effect on maternal physiology during pregnancy. This talk will introduce some of the basic concepts of the organ, and touch on aspects of contemporary research that have direct bearing on complications of human pregnancy.

This talk is part of the Wolfson College Science Society series.

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