Placentas are organs important to nourishing developing fetuses and the only temporary organ a human body makes.
They also serve as models in research for predicting who will get certain diseases, such as diabetes, later in life.
To learn more about the connections between placentas and health, check out “Baby’s First Wombmate: The Placenta’s Role in Long-term Health” July 6 at McMenamins Mission Theater.
Presented by the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry, the event will run from 7 to 9 p.m.
Speaker will be Jessica Herbert, a doctoral candidate at Portland State University and an OMSI science communication fellow.
For more information, go to the event’s Facebook page.