Modelling foetal exposure to maternal smoking using hepatoblasts from pluripotent stem cells

Lucendo-Villarin, B., Filis, P., Swortwood, M.J. et al. Archives of Toxicology (2017). doi:10.1007/s00204-017-1983-0

This study looks at the effect of cigarette smoking on the developing liver cells of foetuses whose mothers smoke with a new approach using embryonic stem cells.  The study showed that a chemical cocktail – similar to that found in cigarettes – harmed foetal liver health more than individual components.

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