Sackler Team Probes Role of Fetal Cell Transfer During Pregnancy

MD-PhD and Genetics graduate student Stephanie Pritchard's work was highlighted in two news articles today. Studying under the direction of Diana Bianchi, MD, and Donna Slonim, PhD, Pritchard and her colleagues Heather Wick and Kirby Johnson characterized rare fetal cells that circulate to mothers during pregnancy. The cells may contribute to retention of the fetus during pregnancy and also influence the mother's health after the birth of the child.

Pritchard S, Wick HC, Slonim DK, Johnson KL, Bianchi DW. 2012. Comprehensive analysis of genes expressed by rare microchimeric fetal cells in maternal lung. Biol Reprod. Epub ahead of print. Abstract in PubMed

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