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The placenta's second life

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dc.contributor.advisor Alan Lightman. en_US Glausser, Anne O. (Anne O'Brien) en_US
dc.contributor.other Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Graduate Program in Science Writing. en_US 2010-04-28T17:03:28Z 2010-04-28T17:03:28Z 2009 en_US 2009 en_US
dc.description Thesis (S.M. in Science Writing)--Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Dept. of Humanities, Graduate Program in Science Writing, 2009. en_US
dc.description Cataloged from PDF version of thesis. en_US
dc.description Includes bibliographical references (p. 37-42). en_US
dc.description.abstract This thesis, written for a popular audience, explores the many facets of the placenta, an organ that facilitates the growth of the fetus during pregnancy. It looks at what happens when the placenta dodges the hospital incinerator-taking on a second purpose, a second life. Once the placenta is expelled during the third stage of labor, once it has served its role in the body and is facing retirement, it can take on whole new forms of usefulness. Humans, artful at manipulating the materials of life, have created new-and often controversial-purposes for this discard tissue after it has served its primary role: expelled placenta is used in eye surgery, in training dogs to sniff dead bodies, in toxicology research, in forensics, in cosmetics, and, most significantly, in an emerging field of stem cell research. From ritual use to research subject to health treatment, we have taken the placenta from the realm of the dead and given it new vigor. en_US
dc.description.statementofresponsibility by Anne O. Glausser. en_US
dc.format.extent 42 p. en_US
dc.language.iso eng en_US
dc.publisher Massachusetts Institute of Technology en_US
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dc.subject Graduate Program in Science Writing. en_US
dc.title The placenta's second life en_US
dc.type Thesis en_US Science Writing en_US
dc.contributor.department Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Graduate Program in Science Writing. en_US
dc.identifier.oclc 567779304 en_US

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