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Life's vital link : the astonishing role of the placenta

Author: Y W Loke
Publisher: Oxford : Oxford University Press, 2013.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : 1st edView all editions and formats
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The development of the placenta was a pivotal event in evolution. The long and tortuous evolutionary road which led from egg-laying reptiles to present-day placental mammals like ourselves was an epic journey spanning over 300 million years. Without the placenta, we would still be laying eggs, instead of giving birth to live offspring. Loke provides an engaging look at this remarkable organ, tracing the life of the  Read more...
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Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Y W Loke
ISBN: 9780199694518 0199694516 9780199694525 0199694524
OCLC Number: 819383067
Description: ix, 264 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
Contents: After the afterbirth --
In the beginning --
The principal players --
Parental tug-o-war --
Connecting with mother --
Nature's transplant --
Products --
Gateway --
Journey's end.
Responsibility: Y.W. Loke.
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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  Read more...

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A surprisingly delightful book. Accessible enough for a general readership, Loke's work provides the key to a truly unique world. * Publishers Weekly * With his rich knowledge and experience, what Read more...

 
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