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Marmoset embryo implanted within the uterus (image: University of Cambridge)

Molecular 3D-maps unlock new ways of studying human reproduction

16 June 2022

Scientists have identified the biochemical signals that control the emergence of the body pattern in the primate embryo. This will guide work to understand birth defects and pregnancy loss in humans. The study also provides a crucial reference for foetal tissue generation in the lab - such tissue is in short supply but is...

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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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Celebrating interdisciplinary research at Cambridge

4 October 2021

Cambridge University video highlights importance of interdisciplinary research The video called ‘What impact will your next connection have?’ encourages researchers to get involved in the lively network of cross-School initiatives at the University. WATCH THE VIDEO HERE: 'What impact will your next connection have?’...

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Mother and toddler boy

New study explores the links between prenatal sex steroid hormones, maternal health and autism

16 September 2021

New research from the Autism Research Centre and the Rosie Hospital, both at the University of Cambridge, suggests that maternal steroid factors during pregnancy are associated with autistic traits in mothers and their infants. Previous studies have shown a relationship between prenatal sex steroid hormones and the...

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March for Choice, Dublin, 2012. Photo by William Murphy.

How the moral and emotional framing of the Irish abortion debate has shaped political and public opinion

15 September 2021

New research on Ireland's recent referendum on abortion rights examines how the framing processes used by the pro-choice movement shaped public attitudes and political treatment of abortion within the new legislative regime. Aideen O'Shaughnessy , a PhD student in the Reproductive Sociology Research Group (ReproSoc) ...

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Menstrual cycles

Cycles and circulation

23 August 2021

Reproduction is all about cycles: menstrual cycles, treatment cycles, population cycles and more. A team of historians has analysed how metaphors of cycles and circulation have been deployed, and how they have linked reproduction to other major topics. Cycles are among the oldest ways of grasping human existence, and of...

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