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Fetal Development

PHOTOS: Mean Faces Begin Even Before Birth

The Huffington Post | Jacqueline Howard | Posted 06.08.2013 | Science

Even as newborns, babies know exactly how to scrunch up their faces and cry. And no wonder -- new research from England suggests that we practice maki...

Entertainment, Science and the Truth

Adam Wolfberg, M.D. | Posted 01.25.2013 | TED Weekends
Adam Wolfberg, M.D.

I know: you're going to think I'm a nerd, and that I'm a bit of a curmudgeon, but when I watched Alexander Tsiaras' TEDTalk about his gorgeous video, "Conception to Birth - Visualized," I kept thinking, "Huh?"

Science, Religion and Embryos

Karl Giberson, Ph.D | Posted 03.26.2013 | Religion
Karl Giberson, Ph.D

A friend of mine is in the late stages of a tragic pregnancy that will lead either to a stillborn baby or, at best, to a baby that will struggle for a few hours and die. The prognosis was made early on and the decision to take the baby to term was made.

The Quest for Answers

Simon LeVay | Posted 01.21.2013 | TED Weekends
Simon LeVay

Congratulations to Alexander Tsiaras for communicating the beauty and complexity of fetal development. But the message he delivers -- "it's a mystery, it's magic, it's divinity" -- is mistaken.

Science And Awe Aren't Mutually Exclusive

Michael Zimmerman, Ph.D. | Posted 03.21.2013 | TED Weekends
Michael Zimmerman, Ph.D.

Scientific understanding, understanding the process of fetal development or any other complex phenomenon, need not limit the sense of awe with which we approach the world around us.

The Beautiful And Efficient Anatomy Of Pregnancy

Alexander Tsiaras | Posted 03.20.2013 | TED Weekends
Alexander Tsiaras

2013-01-18-tsiaraspullMy goal is to visualize life in all its glory. And to see how daily lifestyle decisions affect the choreography of all of our cellular activity, causing disturbances stored in trillions of X, Y, Z coordinates.

Bad Daddy Sperm and the GOP

Soraya Chemaly | Posted 09.12.2012 | Politics
Soraya Chemaly

Women have long been subjected to excessive societal pressure to sublimate their own needs, bodies and behaviors and to sacrifice them to those of developing fetuses. But, slippery slopes are slippery.

Cell Phone Use During Pregnancy May Harm Offspring, Yale Study Says

Suzanne O'Malley | Posted 05.17.2012 | Healthy Living
Suzanne O'Malley

Exposure to radiation from cell phones during pregnancy may affect the developing brain of offspring, possibly leading to hyperactivity, according to...

Are We Ready to Embrace Prenatal Blood Tests?

Adam Wolfberg, M.D. | Posted 10.16.2011 | Healthy Living
Adam Wolfberg, M.D.

In the field of prenatal diagnosis this has become a holy grail of sorts, with researchers chasing a reliable test, and diagnostics companies lapping at their heels to bring the tests to market and reap the financial rewards.

Study: Moms Who Exercise Give Birth To Lighter Babies

TIME | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living

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Actualities: Weed Killers in Your Water

Dan Agin | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Dan Agin

The basic question for toxicologists and pediatricians (and for the EPA) is whether there is indeed such a thing as a "safe" concentration of a toxic substance for an embryo or fetus. My own view is no.

A New Warning: Air Pollution, the Fetus, and IQ

Dan Agin | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Dan Agin

It's estimated that 50,000 industrial toxic chemicals are already in our environment -- with only a hundred or so investigated for their fetal effects.