The amazing placenta

The placenta is an amazing organ - it has the sole responsibility of keeping a baby alive for the first 8-9 months of their life.  Everyone who has ever taken a breath has done so because of a placenta.  It is the only organ I can think of that has such an important function, yet has a limited life span (yes, organs such the tonsils or appendix may be removable with little side effects, but they do not play such an important role maintaining life).  I also believe that it is a very misunderstood organ.

 

 

Lets look at what we do know about it

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