Pregnancy and Lactation Weekly Digest

For the Week Ending September 27, 2020

A collaboration of Pregistry and the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health.

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Emily’s Wonder Lab

Emily Calandrelli is the engineer and space guru behind “Emily’s Wonder Lab” on Netflix. She was nominated for an Emmy for hosting “Exploration Outer Space” on Fox, for older kids, but this show is geared towards preschoolers. Each episode features an experiment kids can do at home with their parents and lots of facts. And she did the whole thing while pregnant!! Read more here.

This is important for you because one thing we should learn from COVID is that this country is in dire need of better science education.

No (more) embryonic genome editing just yet

An international commission convened by the US National Academy of Medicine, the US National Academy of Sciences, and the UK Royal Societyhas recently determined that editing the genomes of embryos before implantation is still too risky to justify using the technology. The report focused on technical concerns, not ethical ones. The commission decided that although gene editing could be used to prevent heritable disorders, it can still introduce unpredictable and deleterious changes to the genome. Read more here.

This is important for you because there is still a lot that modern medicine can do to prevent heritable diseases without going down this ethically tricky path.

Letting Me Down

Margo Price was pregnant with her third baby–a girl she and her husband named Ramona Lynn Ivey–when she recorded her new single, Letting Me Down. Listen to it here.

This is important for you because there are very few things you can’t do while pregnant.

Babies and cell phones

It’s not what you think. This “Daily Humor” column starts out silly but gets pretty real around the third panel. See it here.

The most popular article on The Pulse this week, by a landslide, was The Benefits of Ginger for Pregnant Women. 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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