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Some Cells for Mom

Just in time for Mother's Day, Nancy Shute at Scientific American writes about new research that shows that bits of a baby's genetic material can be passed along to the mother during pregnancy, and that the cells that linger after the birth can influence the woman's risk of getting cancer, rheumatoid arthritis, or other diseases.

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