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A Breakthrough in the Mystery of Why Women Get So Many Autoimmune Diseases

Atlantic Media Company June 18, 2019

Some scientists now think the placenta itself might be the reason why women are so disproportionately affected. In a paper published last week in the journal Trends in Genetics, Melissa Wilson, an evolutionary biologist, along with her colleagues from Arizona State University, put forward an explanation called the “pregnancy-compensation hypothesis."