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The Sciences

NCBI ROFL: [Insert oral sex joke here].

DiscoblogBy ncbi roflSeptember 5, 2009 12:00 AM

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Correlation between oral sex and a low incidence of preeclampsia: a role for soluble HLA in seminal fluid?

"Normal pregnancy is thought to be associated with a state of tolerance to the foreign antigens of the fetus, whereas in preeclamptic women this immunological tolerance might be hampered. The present study shows that oral sex and swallowing sperm is correlated with a diminished occurrence of preeclampsia which fits in the existing idea that a paternal factor is involved in the occurrence of preeclampsia. Because pregnancy has many similarities with transplantation, we hypothesize that induction of allogeneic tolerance to the paternal HLA molecules of the fetus may be crucial."

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Thanks to Colby, Barb, Roberto, and Mike for today's ROFL!

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