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Five years ago, in a laboratory in Durham, N.C., Joy Winuthayanon lost a mouse embryo and found her calling: studying the oviducts, oft-neglected in the research world of reproductive biology, yet essential for fertilized eggs to make it into the uterus.

“Most of the people study the ovary or the uterus,” said Winuthayanon, an assistant professor of molecular bioscience at Washington State University. “And the oviduct is just kind of there, being a tube.”

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