Unborn Babies Could Be at Risk of Catching COVID-19 in the Womb

Recent research, performed by scientists from the University of Cambridge, UK, finds that unborn babies at just 2 weeks old possess genes which could put them at risk of contracting COVID-19 from their mothers.Unborn Babies Could Be at Risk of Catching COVID-19 in the Womb

The researchers created a new way to look at genes in the early human embryo to determine their function. This method includes scrutinizing chunks of genetic material called RNA and has not been validated at the protein level, in cells, or in animal models.

The scientists write in their paper: “Nevertheless, our present study offers an indication that the potential effect of SARS-CoV-2 infection on the early embryo should be further investigated using both stem cell models of the embryo and in non-human primates.”

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