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Testing for blood sugar with a fingerprick test

Gestational diabetes may cause long-term metabolic risks, even after apparent return to normal health

4 March 2022

There is mounting evidence of increased risk of type 2 diabetes mellitus (T2DM) and cardiovascular disease (CVD) in women who, when pregnant, experienced gestational diabetes (GDM). The elevated risk is observed in the decade after delivery. In their study published in Nutrition and Diabetes , researchers from the Ozanne...

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A couple visiting a Brook Advisory Centre in the 1960s. Image courtesy of Brook

The not-so-swinging sixties?

21 February 2022

A new article by historian and Cambridge Reproduction member Dr Caroline Rusterholz argues that young people behaving responsibly in the 1960s helped to defeat fierce opposition to the UK’s first sexual health clinics. Her research challenges assumptions about the sexual revolution of the ‘Swinging Sixties’ and sheds new...

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Breast milk in bottles (image: Jamie Grill/The Image Bank)

Live cells discovered in human breast milk could aid breast cancer research

8 February 2022

Researchers have explored the cellular changes that occur in human mammary tissue in lactating and non-lactating women, offering insight into the relationship between pregnancy, lactation and breast cancer. The study was led by researchers from the Wellcome-MRC Cambridge Stem Cell Institute (CSCI) and the Department of...

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How baby demands food from Mum before birth: a tale of two imprinted genes

27 December 2021

Research led by scientists from the Constância Group has identified a key signal that a fetus uses to control its supply of nutrients from the placenta. The way that a fetus grows ‘in sync’ with the placenta was not known until now. The study, carried out in mice as a 'model' (proxy) for human pregnancy, could help explain...

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Uterine cells

Uterus study is important step towards understanding diseases that affect one third of women

17 December 2021

The most comprehensive cell atlas to date of the human uterus has identified two new epithelial cell states that can be used to distinguish two forms of uterine cancer. Researchers from the Wellcome Sanger Institute, the University of Cambridge and their collaborators also identified the genetic pathways that determine two...

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Cambridge Reproduction is a strategic research intiative that explores the urgent challenges posed by reproduction today.

We facilitate close engagement between the arts, humanities and social sciences, biology and medicine. By approaching reproduction collectively and across disciplines, we offer fresh perspectives on broad issues which range from global policies to those which affect individuals, families and populations.

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