The model mimics the exchange of nutrients between mother and fetus

BOCA RATON, Fla. – Florida Atlantic University researchers are learning more about the exchange of nutrients between a malaria-infected mother and her fetus.

Working on the project were Dr. Sarah Du of Schmidt College of Medicine and Dr. Andrew Oleinikov from the College of Engineering at FAU.

They developed a piece of placenta on a chip model to study ways to treat placental malaria.

“Because placental malaria also causes fetal underdevelopment and fetal death due to this nutrient transport between the mother and fetus,” Du said.

The FAU device could also serve as a model for other placenta-related diseases.

And Moderna’s updated COVID-19 vaccine booster used in the US offers significantly higher protection against the two Omicron subvariants compared to its previous booster.

The company said this conclusion comes from a study of more than 500 people of all ages.

The group was vaccinated with an original series of vaccines, boosted with Moderna’s original vaccine, and boosted with the bivalent version months later.

According to Moderna, all subjects had a 15-fold increase in Omicron Ba Four and Ba Five antibody levels compared to pre-boost levels.

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Sarah Y. Kim

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