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»Nicolle Rager Fuller DescriptionA baby develops safe within the womb and a healthy placenta. Surpisingly, the placenta is not the mother's organ, but grows from the cells first laid down by the fertilized egg. Extensive folds and projections called villi increase the surface area connected to the mother, and the connections to bring nutrients to the growing baby. To successfully support the pregnancy, the placenta has to convince the mother's immune system that it should be there. Scientists are studying the process to determine if problems in this communication may lead to problems like preeclempsia. Created for Science News magazine. Keywordsscience; art; illustration; technical; information graphics; biology; dna; genetics; receptors; drugs; inhibitors; medical; health; pathways; proteins; amino acids; rna; organelles; anatomy; organs; medicine; body; human; person; baby; placenta; birth; womb; fetus; life Media 3-D/Exhibits Categories Medical, Science, Technical Subject(s) Anatomical, Human, Surgical, Editorial, Processes Medical Illustration