Medical Xpress :: New research shows critical role of placenta in brain development

The groundbreaking findings, conducted with researchers from Vanderbilt University as part of a Silvio Conte Center of Excellence grant fromtheNationalInstituteof Mental Health, offer conclusive evidence that the placenta provides serotonin to the fetal forebrain, not through the mother’s blood supply, as theorized for the past 60 years. The research, “A transient placental source of serotonin for the fetal forebrain,” will be published in the journal Nature on April 21, 2011. . . Continue Reading

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