Congrats to Al on his recent publication (and collaboration with the Lim lab) describing how the protein GPER1 protects fetal development from the inflammation produced during a maternal influenza virus infection.  Normally, maternal respiratory viral infections cause only minor developmental problems (such as low birth weight) for the developing fetus. However, at least in a mouse model, the loss of GPER1 during maternal viral infection causes severe developmental abnormalities and fetal demise.  Check out the full story at the links below!

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