Bacteria and Viruses found in Healthy Placenta

May 22, 2014 12:33 AM

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New study has found that placenta could be home to diverse community of bacteria, fungi and viruses. In the deep layers of the tissue, Baylor College of Medicine and the Texas Children's Pavilion for Women medical team has found microbial community. Earlier studies considered placenta as a major barrier safeguarding the fetus from bacteria.

The research team has also suggested that the placental microbiome could have an impact on the newborn baby. The study has been published in the journal Science Translational Medicine.

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