Pregnancy and Lactation Weekly Digest

For the Week Ending April 25, 2021. 

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Scientists have made a blastocyst – an early stage human embryo – in a dish. One group of researchers made one from human embryonic stem cells, and another made one from cells taken from adult humans and reprogrammed. The blastocyst is the structure that implants into the uterine wall to give rise to the fetus. Mice blastocysts were made in a lab a few years ago, but these are the first human ones. These blastoids should be invaluable in studying pre-implantation human blastocysts. Read more here.

This is important for you because “What should the ethical status of the human blastoids be, and how should they be regulated?”

Dr. Alisha Kramer

Jon Ossoff, one of the two newly elected Democratic senators from Georgia, is married to an OB/GYN at Emory, Alisha Kramer. Read more here.

This is important for you because the South’s new power couple is heavily invested in women’s and reproductive health.

Baby Burr

Leslie Odhom Jr., who played Aaron Burr in the original cast of Hamilton on Broadway, and his wife just had a baby boy. They named him Able Phineas. Read more here.

This is not important for you, but nice exciting news for the star anyway.

A longer reproductive span?

A study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association suggests that women’s reproductive age may extend to age 37, up from age 35. The expanded range may be due to later onsets of menopause. Read more here.

This is important for you because giving birth at an “advanced” age has been considered medically risky, so adjusting that age may change how older women are treated. 

The most popular article on The Pulse this week was What is a Pediatric Physician Assistant? Read it here.

Diana Gitig
Dr. Diana Gitig has a Ph.D. in cell biology and genetics from Cornell University, and has been writing about issues in biology – from molecular biology to cancer to immunology to neuroscience to nutrition to agriculture - for the past fifteen years. She has three teenaged children.

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