Preventing stillbirths: Therapy may protect fetus from mother’s immune system

March 10, 2015 3:53 PM

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Preventing stillbirths: Therapy may protect fetus from mother’s immune system

When a pregnant mother is exposed to infectious bacteria, her immune system kicks into gear and attacks the fetus, which can lead to fetal loss, stillbirth and premature birth— complications for which there is no therapy available today.

But now, researchers have discovered the specific protein that sets off this process, and they say their findings may lay the groundwork for a potential treatment to preemptively and retroactively treat these abnormalities.

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