Pregnancy and Lactation Weekly Digest

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The beginning of life

The life growing in your uterus began when sperm met egg. But there is still no scientific consensus on where, when, or how life on Earth got its start. Chemists, biologists, and physicists are all fascinated by the problem and have posted theories. Read more here.

This is important for you because it gets you thinking about The Big Questions: What is the definition of Life? Why are we here?

How You Say It

Katherin Kinzler, a psychology professor at the University of Chicago, studies how babies form their understanding of social groups and their place within them. In her new book, she delineates how babies sort the people they encounter into in and out groups based on the language they speak. Read more here.

This is important for you because if you think your baby is judging the way you speak: he is. And he’s judging everyone else, too.

Yes, there are moms in the Air Force

And they need to feed their babies too. So the Air Force mandated better lactation spaces. Read more here.

This is important for you because those barriers are falling, one by one…

Pro-life… especially if it’s his life

The “miracle cure” that President Trump was touting he got was no such thing. The antibody cocktail didn’t come straight from God, but was actually formulated by scientists who have been working relentlessly since the pandemic started. To test the antibodies’ strength, the researchers used cells from aborted fetuses. Read more here.

This is important for you because fetal cells can greatly enhance medical research; since there will always be a supply, it seems foolish to not use them.

The most popular article on The Pulse this week was Night Sweats (nocturnal hyperhidrosis) During Pregnancy. 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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