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E. A World Renowned Fetal Treatment Center

Narrator: This is Science Today. The Fetal Treatment Center at the University of California , San Francisco , now in its 25 th year, is renowned for international leadership in evaluating fetal abnormalities and providing innovative treatment for mother and baby. Pediatric surgeon Dr. Michael Harrison co-founded the center and in 1981, led the first operation on a fetus inside the mother's womb.

Harrison : Clearly, the history over the last 26 years here has been very deliberate effort to do less and less invasive procedures. We spent essentially all of our time trying to do less invasive procedures and when we look at the things we're trying to accomplish, yes some of them still require quite invasive procedures, open procedures even but I would say without exception, we're going to aim to convert every one of those to less invasive, minimally invasive approaches.

Narrator: The Fetal Treatment Center recently received funding for a web portal allowing patients and referring physicians to communicate with the center's doctors in real time. For Science Today, I'm Larissa Branin.