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Life's Vital Link

The astonishing role of the placenta

Y. W. Loke

May 2018

ISBN: 9780199694525

288 pages
Paperback
196x129mm

In Stock

Price: £10.99

How does the foetus - a foreign body - survive inside the mother? The placenta is the extraordinary organ that allows this to happen; but this remarkable feat of evolution is only just being fully appreciated by science. Y.W. Loke explores the fascinating nature of the placenta and what it can tell us about evolution, development, and genetics.

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How does the foetus - a foreign body - survive inside the mother? The placenta is the extraordinary organ that allows this to happen; but this remarkable feat of evolution is only just being fully appreciated by science. Y.W. Loke explores the fascinating nature of the placenta and what it can tell us about evolution, development, and genetics.

  • Tells the fascinating story of a vital, yet little understood, organ
  • Considers how and why such an organ evolved
  • Explores the nature of the placenta, and the important role it plays for both the mother and foetus
  • Highlights remarkable aspects of evolution, development, and genetics
  • Addresses what can go wrong when the placenta does not develop properly

About the Author(s)

Y. W. Loke, Emeritus Professor of Reproductive Immunology, University of Cambridge and Fellow of King's College, Cambridge

Professor Y. W. Loke, Fellow of King's College Cambridge, is a highly respected expert in the placenta and its implantation and development. He has published widely in academic journals.

Table of Contents

    1: After the Afterbirth
    2: In the Beginning
    3: The Principal Players
    4: Parental Tug-o-War
    5: Connecting with Mother
    6: Nature's Transplant
    7: Products
    8: Gateway
    9: Journey's End
    Glossary
    Endnotes
    Index

Reviews

"This exploration of the placentas evolution devotedly details the forgotten organs vital role in the womb, and other complex functions." - Mary Craig, Nature

"A surprisingly delightful book. Accessible enough for a general readership, Loke's work provides the key to a truly unique world." - Publishers Weekly

"Life's Vital Link is charged with Loke's dedication to the placenta through years of research. His powerful conviction and authority persuades us that this neglected organ deserves more attention." - New Scientist

"With his rich knowledge and experience, what Loke offers is tough-minded and valuable in understanding and unlocking many puzzles." - New Scientist