ScienceDaily (June 7, 2012) -- Researchers at NYU School of Medicine have made an important discovery that partially answers the long-standing question of why a mother's immune system does not reject a developing fetus as foreign tissue.
"Our manuscript addresses a fundamental question in the fields of
transplantation immunology and reproductive biology, namely, how do the fetus
and placenta, which express antigens that are disparate from the mother, avoid
being rejected by the maternal immune system during pregnancy?" explained lead
investigator Adrian Erlebacher, MD, PhD, associate professor of pathology and a
member of the NYU Cancer Institute at NYU Langone Medical Center. "What we found
was completely unexpected at every level."
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