Question of the Week Podcast

Question of the Week episode

Mon, 14th Nov 2011

Why don't umbilical cords become tangled?

Given that a foetus is essentially a swimming thing on the end of a piece of string, how is it that the two don't become tangled more often? Find out in this jelly-like QotW. Plus, we ask what would happen if two black holes met.

Listen Now    Download as mp3

In this edition of Question of the Week

Full Transcript

  • Do umbilical cords get tangled and knotted?

    Hi, I'm a graduate student in the US, and really enjoy your podcast.  As I'm 7 months pregnant, I have a question about the umbilical cord.  How is it that it doesn't become tangled?  Any other long cord (dog leash, ipod headphones, etc.) quickly loops into knots and kinks tha...

 

Multimedia

Subscribe Free

Related Content

Wellcome Trust
EPSRC
Powered by UKfast
STFC
Genetics Society