Chorionic villi of the placenta

Picture of chorionic villi of the placenta

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Chorionic villi are tiny, finger-shaped growths found in the placenta. The genetic material in chorionic villus cells is the same as what is in fetal cells.

Last Updated: August 4, 2009

Author: Debby Golonka, MPH

Medical Review: Michael J. Sexton, MD - Pediatrics & Siobhan M. Dolan, MD, MPH - Reproductive Genetics & David Smith, MD - Family Medicine

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