Israeli researchers have transformed human skin cells into functioning human placenta cells, marking a significant advance in our knowledge of infertility and pregnancy problems.
The paper was written by Professor Yossi Buganim and his research group at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem’s Faculty of Medicine, and it was published in the peer-reviewed journal Nature Communications.
During pregnancy, the placenta is an organ that grows in the uterus and feeds and oxygenates the unborn child.
The placenta and umbilical cord are joined. The ground-breaking work offers an endless supply of cells for researching the placenta’s function.
By employing skin cells with the same genetic composition as their placentas from women who have had pregnancy challenges, this discovery may open up new ways to treat pregnancy-related issues.
The experiment was directed by Dr. Moriyah Naama, a participant in the Hebrew University’s MD/PhD program, in partnership with PhD student Moran Rahamim and other lab members.
According to a release from Hebrew University, “the findings of this study hold significant promise for advancing our understanding of pregnancy development, infertility, and pregnancy-related diseases.”
They might transform the study of genetic and placental diseases and result in better diagnostic equipment and treatment approaches.