Lifes Vital Link: The astonishing role of the placenta

Hardcover | June 10, 2013

byY.W. Loke

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The development of the placenta was a pivotal event in evolution. Without it, we would still be laying eggs instead of giving birth to live offspring. It represents the critical link between the foetus and the mother, but its character is extraordinary - it is, in effect, a foreign tissue thatinvades the mother's body. Compared to many other animals, the human placenta represents a particularly aggressive body. But how is it managed and controlled? How did such an organ evolve in the first place? And why is it tolerated by the mother? Y.W. Loke, a highly respected expert in the placentaand its development, explores the nature of the placenta and what it can tell us about evolution, development, and genetics.

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The development of the placenta was a pivotal event in evolution. Without it, we would still be laying eggs instead of giving birth to live offspring. It represents the critical link between the foetus and the mother, but its character is extraordinary - it is, in effect, a foreign tissue thatinvades the mother's body. Compared to many...

Professor Y. W. Loke of King's College Cambridge, is a highly respected expert in the placenta and its implantation and development. He has published widely in academic journals.
Format:HardcoverDimensions:256 pages, 8.5 × 5.43 × 0.1 inPublished:June 10, 2013Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199694516

ISBN - 13:9780199694518

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Table of Contents

1. After the Afterbirth2. In the Beginning3. The Principal Players4. Parental tug-o-war5. Connecting with Mother6. Nature's Transplant7. Essential Products8. Gateway9. Journeys EndNotesFurther Reading