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Empa

Empa's Zukunftsfonds – Funding ambitious research: A chip to replace animal testing

24/11/2022

New drugs made from nanoparticles that can easily penetrate any interface within our bodies are a great hope in medicine. For such hopefuls to reach the market, their safety must be ensured. In this context, it must also be clarified what happens if a substance manages to penetrate the natural barrier between baby and mother, the placenta, in the body of pregnant women.
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mvaligursky

Stillbirth prevention: Start of project under leadership of University Hospital Tübingen

20/10/2022

Stillbirth rates are high all over the world. Every 16 seconds, a baby is stillborn after the 28th week of pregnancy. Wellcome Leap’s In Utero program aims to reduce this number by half with the help of advanced imaging methods.
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Alex Dolce, Florida Atlantic University

'Placenta-on-a-chip' mimics malaria-infected nutrient exchange between mother-fetus

30/09/2022

Researchers from Florida Atlantic University’s College of Engineering and Computer Science and Schmidt College of Medicine have developed a placenta-on-a-chip model that mimics the nutrient exchange between the fetus and mother under the influence of placental malaria.
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Prostock-studio

Genetic testing before pregnancy detects up to half of risk

08/09/2022

In the USA, doctors recommend that couples have genetic screening before trying to conceive. Researchers at the University of Zurich have now shown that a maximal variant of this test detects the risk in 44 percent of couples who are related by blood, and in just 5 percent of other couples.
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