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Japan Team Creates Miniaturized Human Placentas

Japan Team Creates Miniaturized Human Placentas

   Tokyo, Feb. 8 (Jiji Press)--A Japanese research team said Thursday that it has become the world's first to create miniaturized organs closely resembling the human placenta in structure and functions.
   The team, including researchers of Tokyo Medical and Dental University, expects that the human placenta organoids, the miniature version, can be applied to research to understand how viruses infect the placenta and to develop safe new drugs.
   The team's research results were published in the online edition of the British journal Nature Communications.
   The placenta, formed after pregnancy, serves as a barrier to protect the fetus from foreign substances such as viruses.
   There are many mysteries that have remained unsolved about the human placenta.

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