Preeclampsia: Genetic study finds links to babies’ DNA

a colorful DNA strand


One form of FLT1 has been linked to the development of preeclampsia before. If placental levels of the associated protein become too high, they enter the pregnant woman’s bloodstream and can damage her blood vessels, resulting in high blood pressure and damage to her liver, kidneys, and brain.

Dr. Morgan summarizes the potential benefits of their findings:

We believe the new insights from this study could form the basis for more effective prevention and treatment of preeclampsia in the future, and improve the outcome of pregnancy for mother and child.”