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Scientists Develop a Technique for Delivering Nourishment to an Early Embryo

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Published on : May 04, 2015

A latest study has revealed how an early embryo can receive nourishment in order to develop into a normal and healthy fetus. This technique of delivering nourishment to the embryo involves glands which are present within the uterus’s lining. Also, such as mechanism can be incorporated only when the embryo is big enough to receive nourishment from the blood that it receives from its mother. 

This research study was conducted by a team of scientists and researchers at the UK’s University of Manchester. When the fertilized egg moves within the two fallopian tubes, it tends to get divided repeatedly in such a way, wherein by the moment when it finally reached the uterus or the womb, it becomes an embryo which is basically a mass containing more than 100 cells. This newly received embryo gets burrowed within the uterine wall wherein it gets implanted into the uterus’s lining. That is where it develops to form a fetus which is in present within the placenta, via which it receives nutrients the blood supply from the mother. 

However, it is yet to be understood as to how exactly the nourishment reaches this early embryo as soon as it transforms into a fetus. This developmental phase is considered to be very crucial since it is this stage wherein if the embryo doesn’t receive proper nourishment can have an adverse impact on the health of the child for its entire lifespan. 

The researchers in the research paper have described how the gland cells present within the gland cells of the uterine lining store glucose which is in glycogen form. Glycogen is that type of glucose which gets mobilized readily as against the starch which is present in plants.