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The Black Box of Human Development

Season 1, Ep. 4

U-M researchers developed a way to make large numbers of human embryo-like structures that have the potential to solve hard problems in maternal and child health. Batches of these structures could help screen medications for safety during early pregnancy, for example, and shed light on the causes of both birth defects and multiple miscarriages.

In this episode of RE: Engineering Radio, Michigan Engineering's Kate McAlpine details this new method for studying embryonic development—one that also poses tough questions.

A paper on the work has been accepted to Nature.

 

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