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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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Inherited excess weight: intestinal microbiota and mode of delivery act in concert

A mother can transmit her excess weight to her child. Canadian researchers describe how the mode of delivery and certain modifications of the child’s intestinal microbiota could act together in this weight transfer.   Children born to a mother who is herself overweight or obese (OWOB) bef...
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