The Human Placenta Project: Placental structure, development, and function in real time

A. E. Guttmacher, Y. T. Maddox, C. Y. Spong

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Abstract

Despite its crucial role in the health of both the fetus and the pregnant woman, the placenta is the least understood human organ. Since a growing body of evidence also underscores the importance of placental development in the lifelong health of both mother and offspring, this lack of knowledge about placental structure and function is particularly concerning. Given modern approaches and technologies and the ability to develop new methods, we propose a coordinated "Human Placenta Project", with the ultimate goal of understanding human placental structure, development, and function in real time.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)303-304
Number of pages2
JournalPlacenta
Volume35
Issue number5
DOIs
StatePublished - May 2014

Keywords

  • Human placenta
  • Research

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Reproductive Medicine
  • Obstetrics and Gynecology
  • Developmental Biology

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