Placenta Rich in Bacteria, May Play Role in Infant's Microbiome

May 22, 2014 5:23 PM

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An article published in the journal Science Translational Medicine discusses the discovery of unique bacteria contained in the placenta and how this bacteria may shape the microbiome of a developing infant.

While this research is still new, this development may dispel the suggestion that babies born via C-section are not exposed to the helpful bacteria they would normally be exposed to during a vaginal delivery. In the study, researchers noted that the placenta microbiome differed in women who had ful...

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