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Welcome to The Visible Embryo, a comprehensive educational resource on human development from conception to birth.

The Visible Embryo provides visual references for changes in fetal development throughout pregnancy and can be navigated via fetal development or maternal changes.

The National Institutes of Child Health and Human Development awarded Phase I and Phase II Small Business Innovative Research Grants to develop The Visible Embryo. Initally designed to evaluate the internet as a teaching tool for first year medical students, The Visible Embryo is linked to over 600 educational institutions and is viewed by more than ' million visitors each month.


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Pregnancy Timeline by SemestersFetal liver is producing blood cellsHead may position into pelvisBrain convolutions beginFull TermWhite fat begins to be madeWhite fat begins to be madeHead may position into pelvisImmune system beginningImmune system beginningPeriod of rapid brain growthBrain convolutions beginLungs begin to produce surfactantSensory brain waves begin to activateSensory brain waves begin to activateInner Ear Bones HardenBone marrow starts making blood cellsBone marrow starts making blood cellsBrown fat surrounds lymphatic systemFetal sexual organs visibleFinger and toe prints appearFinger and toe prints appearHeartbeat can be detectedHeartbeat can be detectedBasic Brain Structure in PlaceThe Appearance of SomitesFirst Detectable Brain WavesA Four Chambered HeartBeginning Cerebral HemispheresFemale Reproductive SystemEnd of Embryonic PeriodEnd of Embryonic PeriodFirst Thin Layer of Skin AppearsThird TrimesterSecond TrimesterFirst TrimesterFertilizationDevelopmental Timeline
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August 5, 2011--------News Archive

Prenatal Stress Linked with Accelerated Cell Aging
Research points to critical role of maternal health and well-being during pregnancy.

Mutation Linked With the Absence of Fingerprints
Rare genetic mutations prove useful as a tool for investigating unknown aspects of our biology.


August 4, 2011--------News Archive

Pregnancy Diet Decreases Baby's Breast Cancer Risk
Era of Hope conference to feature compelling research examining benefits to daughters based on mother's diet in pregnancy.

Quick, Low-Cost Tests For Child Development Delays
Study confirms accuracy of developmental screening tests that can be administered by family physicians.


August 3, 2011--------News Archive

Helping Children Learn to Understand Numbers
It's all in the way we speak to them.

Pilot Study Suggests New Approach for Preeclampsia
Apheresis-based treatment may prolong pregnancy.

The Dark Side of Oxytocin
The "cuddle chemical" can also stir emotions like envy and gloating.


August 2, 2011--------News Archive

New Light on the Mechanisms of Brain Development
Study has implications for understanding brain disorders rooted in development, such as autism.

Why Autistic Individuals Confuse Pronouns
Impaired communication between areas of the brain causes autism and disrupts concept of 'self'.


August 1, 2011--------News Archive

Fast Ripples Mark Brain Seizure Activity in Children
Resection surgery of brain regions with fast ripples may improve seizure outcome.

Caloric Restriction and Female Infertility
Scientists tested the effects of caloric restriction on eggs produced by aging mice, and found they were better quality than age-matched mice fed a normal diet.

70 Percent of 8-Month-Old Babies Eat Too Much Salt
Due to being fed salty and processed foods like yeast extract, gravy, baked beans and tinned spaghetti, United Kingdom infants have too much salt in their bodies.

WHO Child Growth Charts


Mothers who experienced psychological trauma during their pregnancies bear children who go on to show signs of accelerated aging.

Young adults whose mothers experienced psychological trauma during their pregnancies show signs of accelerated aging, a UC Irvine-led study found.

The researchers discovered that this prenatal exposure to stress affected the development of chromosome regions that control cell aging processes. The study results, which appear online this week in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, point to the importance of maternal health and well-being during pregnancy.

"Our previous research on prenatal stress exposure has shown its effects on long-term metabolic, immune, endocrine and cognitive function," said the paper's lead author, Dr. Pathik D. Wadhwa, UCI professor of psychiatry & human behavior, obstetrics & gynecology, pediatrics, and epidemiology.

"But this is the first to show the impact of prenatal stress on cell aging in humans, and it sheds light on an important biological pathway underlying the developmental origins of adult disease risk."

Study participants were healthy 25-year-old women and men born to mothers who had, during pregnancy, experienced psychosocial stress in the form of major, traumatic life events, such as the death or sudden severe illness of an immediate family member. Blood tests revealed that subjects' white blood cells had aged an average of three and a half more years – five among women – than those of individuals whose mothers had uneventful pregnancies.

This hastened aging was evidenced by the shortened length of telomeres, repetitive stretches of DNA-protein complexes that cap and protect the ends of chromosomes. Telomeres maintain chromosomal stability and control the processes that underlie cellular aging by functioning as a "clock" that regulates how many times a cell can divide. The shorter the telomere strands, the faster the cell ages.

The telomere maintenance system plays an important role in human disease and longevity, and scientists now know that telomere length is correlated to the risk of disease and premature mortality in humans. Truncated telomeres – such as those found in the white blood cells of study participants – can, for example, be a precursor to diabetes, cancer and coronary heart disease.

"These results indicate that stress exposure in intrauterine life is a significant predictor of adult telomere length – even after accounting for other established prenatal and postnatal influences on telomere length," said Sonja Entringer, UCI assistant professor of pediatrics and first author on the paper.

A rapidly emerging body of human and animal research indicates that intrauterine conditions play an important role not only in all aspects of fetal development and health across gestation and birth, but also in a wide range of physical and mental health outcomes over an individual's entire lifespan.

Elizabeth H. Blackburn, Elissa S. Epel and Jue Lin of UC San Francisco and German researchers Robert Kumsta, Dirk H. Hellhammer and Stefan Wust contributed to the study, which was supported by the National Institutes of Health and the Barney & Barbro Fund. Blackburn, an internationally renowned expert in telomere biology, shared the 2009 Nobel Prize in physiology or medicine for her seminal discoveries in the field.

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