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Research Sheds New Light on Cells Implicated in Recurrent Miscarriage,  July 16, 2007

University of Birmingham scientists have discovered that one of the body’s key immune cells remains active against the fetus during pregnancy, a finding that offers fresh understanding of the complex relationship between the mother and baby during pregnancy and offers insights to the potential causes of miscarriage and stillbirth among women. In a study published in the Journal of Immunology, Dr David Lissauer and colleagues in the School of Clinical and Experimental Medicine and the School of Cancer Sciences used new techniques to detect a type of T-cells known as CD8 that were directed against the fetus during pregnancy and not deleted by the body, as previously thought.

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