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Malaria during pregnancy can alter babies’ immunity

Mothers infected with the mosquito-borne parasite during pregnancy can pass more of their own cells to their offspring and change their babies’ risk of later infection, new study shows

May 8, 2017 | By Rachel Tompa / Fred Hutch News Service

A new study looks at how malaria can alter the mother-child cell sharing that happens during pregnancy — and how that cell sharing can affect the baby's risk of infection later in life.

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False positives in prenatal tests: Study reveals reason for flaws

Harmless variations in mothers’ DNA can trigger false positives in screen for chromosomal defects; study points to immediate fix test manufacturers can make

April 6, 2015 | By Dr. Rachel Tompa / Fred Hutch News Service

Harmless variations in mothers’ DNA can trigger false positives in screen for chromosomal defects. A new study points to an immediate fix test manufacturers can make.

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A lasting Mother's Day gift -- baby's cells

Baby's and mom's cells mingle during pregnancy and those that stick around have broad impacts on health -- from cancer to diabetes

May 9, 2014 | By Dr. Rachel Tompa

As every new mother knows, having children changes you – your time and life are irrevocably no longer solely your own. Neither, it turns out, are your cells.

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Hutchinson Center study finds male DNA in women's brains

Research in Dr. Lee Nelson's lab is first to show high frequency of male microchimerism in female brain; further study needed to determine medical implications

Oct. 1, 2012 | By Dean Forbes

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Fetal cells may be double-edged cancer sword for women

Gadi, colleagues find presence of circulating fetal cells in women after childbirth lowers breast cancer risk, raises colon cancer risk

May 14, 2012 | By Dean Forbes

Scientists have found what could be a first-ever causative link between the concentration of circulating Y-chromosome fetal cells in women who gave birth and their risk of later developing breast cancer and colon cancer. Dr. V.K. Gadi of the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center's Clinical Research Division was senior author of the study, which was recently published online in the European Journal of Cancer.

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