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Are placental bacteria involved in preterm birth?

The main cause of infant morbidity and mortality in the world is preterm birth; it affects 5% to 18% of pregnancies and represents a real public health issue. A British team has attempted to demonstrate the role of the placental microbiota in different types of premature birth.   Spontane...
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The maternal influence on the establishment of the fetal microbiota

Not all maternal-fetal interactions are known, particularly microbial interactions in such a protected environment as the placenta. A Finnish team has investigated the maternal influence on the fetal microbiota, whose immunological benefit is yet to be determined.   The human placenta ha...
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