Placenta 'not a sterile environment,' study suggests

May 22, 2014 3:07 PM

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Thursday 22 May 2014 - 8am PST

It is widely believed that the placenta is a completely sterile organ from which a fetus gains the oxygen and nutrients it needs. But new research from the Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, TX, may quash this theory; investigators found that the placenta harbors bacteria that could have implica...

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