Questionable Motives

October 16, 2009

You can learn a lot from very odd cases in medicine

Filed under: Biology,Medicine,Science — tildeb @ 11:24 am

foetusA startling case in Japan has confirmed that pregnant women with cancer can pass the disease to their fetuses. These transmissions, normally blocked by the placenta, are rare, so the work likely won’t change how doctors screen or care for pregnant women. But scientists say the case could help illuminate how cancer foils the body’s immune system.

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