Magee Woman's Reserach Institute http://wesa.fm en Researchers Find Placenta Blocks Viruses between Mother and Unborn Baby http://wesa.fm/post/researchers-find-placenta-blocks-viruses-between-mother-and-unborn-baby <p>When virologist and mother-to-be Carol Coyne was working in her lab four years ago, she began wondering how her placenta was protecting her unborn baby from the viruses she worked with.</p><p>At that time, placenta was seen as a passive barrier between a mother and her unborn child, but four years later, Coyne and director of Magee Woman’s Research Institute Yoel Sadovsky have uncovered a new purpose for it.</p><p>Sadovsky and Coyne have found that the cells in placenta, called trophoblasts, actually block viruses from crossing from the mother to her baby.</p> Tue, 02 Jul 2013 16:23:02 +0000 Jessica Nath 12404 at http://wesa.fm