3 generations of Swedish family linked by one womb For one family in Sweden.

Dr. Mats Brannstrom, who is behind the revolutionary procedure, provides ushered in four babies – all boys – with transplanted wombs; a fifth is on the true way. He said there was something very special about this case: ‘It’s one uterus bridging three generations of a family group.’ Before his breakthrough, there have been two tries to transplant a womb – in Saudi Arabia and Turkey – but no live births. Doctors in Britain, France, the United States and elsewhere are planning similar operations with wombs from females who have died recently, not really living donors.What experts captured in these see-through embryos – – in what may be one of the first sights of early glutamate-powered synapse formation in a living vertebrate – – were orderly motions of protein-transporting packets along axons to a particular site where a synapse would be created. The discovery, in research funded by the National Institutes of Health, is explained in a paper placed online ahead of publication in the April 25 problem of the open-access journal Cell Reviews. It is noteworthy because many synapses formed in vertebrates use glutamate as a neurotransmitter, and breakdowns along the way have been linked with conditions such as autism, schizophrenia and mental retardation.