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Placental RNA may help protect embryo from viruses, Penn study finds

The human placenta is an organ unlike any other. During the course of nine months it is formed by the embryo, sustains life and then is shed.

Novel lncRNA Protects Embryo from Viruses
A new University of Pennsylvania study found that placental cells are rich with lncRHOXF1 (red), which appears to offer the developing embryo protection from viruses.
Credit: University of Pennsylvania