What marsupials taught us about embryo implantation could help women using IVF
July 30, 2017
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(THE CONVERSATION) What do a swollen sprained ankle and a new pregnancy have in common? Believe it or not, they’re both closely tied to the body’s inflammation response.
Inflammation is usually the first reaction of the immune system to the presence of injury or infection. It’s characterized by local swelling, fever and pain.
Interestingly, inflammation is also key to how a pregnancy begins and ends. It facilitates the implantation of the embryo in the mother’s uterus a...