What Placental-specific Genes Are Telling Us About Cancer
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"My research is focused on epigenetics in the human placenta and the epigenetic mechanisms that regulate early human development. I am currently studying the epigenetic contribution to pre-eclampsia, a potentially dangerous condition of pregnancy that is associated with abnormal placental development. My other research includes examining the epigenetic regulation of retrotransposons in the human placenta and in cancer."

                       

What Placental-specific Genes Are Telling Us About Cancer

Cancer cells invade the surrounding tissue, making many cancers difficult to isolate and treat. If we determine how cancer cells become invasive, then we may be able to develop new therapeutic or diagnostic opportunities. Good models for cancer invasion in humans are rare, but remarkably, the human placenta presents an excellent model for cellular invasion and may help in the discovery of new invasion-associated genes. In early pregnancy, placental cells invade into the uterine wall to establish a blood supply...

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