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Life's Vital Link

The astonishing role of the placenta

Y. W. Loke



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Oxford University Press
01 June 2018
The development of the placenta was a pivotal event in evolution. Without it, we would still be laying eggs instead of giving birth to live offspring. It represents the critical link between the foetus and the mother, but its character is extraordinary - it is, in effect, a foreign tissue that invades the mother's body.

Compared to many other animals, the human placenta represents a particularly aggressive body. But how is it managed and controlled? How did such an organ evolve in the first place? And why is it tolerated by the mother? Y.W. Loke explores the nature of the placenta and what it can tell us about evolution, development, and genetics.
By:   Y. W. Loke
Imprint:   Oxford University Press
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Dimensions:   Height: 196mm,  Width: 130mm,  Spine: 17mm
Weight:   214g
ISBN:   9780199694525
ISBN 10:   0199694524
Pages:   288
Publication Date:   01 June 2018
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

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.

Reviews for Life's Vital Link: The astonishing role of the placenta

With his rich knowledge and experience, what Loke offers is tough-minded and valuable in understanding and unlocking many puzzles. * New Scientist * 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 * A surprisingly delightful book. Accessible enough for a general readership, Loke's work provides the key to a truly unique world. * Publishers Weekly * This exploration of the placentas evolution devotedly details the forgotten organs vital role in the womb, and other complex functions. * Mary Craig, Nature *

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