Maternal Microbiota Impacts Offspring Immune System

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In this study, scientists compared two populations of pregnant mice, one which was kept germ-free throughout pregnancy and the other which was exposed during pregnancy to a strain of E. coli to determine whether the immune systems of offspring begin to develop in utero. Worksheets also available in Spanish.

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