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Mon Dec 24, 2012, 03:39 PM

 

Scientists Discover Children’s Cells Living in Mothers’ Brains

The link between a mother and child is profound, and new research suggests a physical connection even deeper than anyone thought. The profound psychological and physical bonds shared by the mother and her child begin during gestation when the mother is everything for the developing fetus, supplying warmth and sustenance, while her heartbeat provides a soothing constant rhythm.

The physical connection between mother and fetus is provided by the placenta, an organ, built of cells from both the mother and fetus, which serves as a conduit for the exchange of nutrients, gasses, and wastes. Cells may migrate through the placenta between the mother and the fetus, taking up residence in many organs of the body including the lung, thyroid muscle, liver, heart, kidney and skin. These may have a broad range of impacts, from tissue repair and cancer prevention to sparking immune disorders.

It is remarkable that it is so common for cells from one individual to integrate into the tissues of another distinct person. We are accustomed to thinking of ourselves as singular autonomous individuals, and these foreign cells seem to belie that notion, and suggest that most people carry remnants of other individuals. As remarkable as this may be, stunning results from a new study show that cells from other individuals are also found in the brain. In this study, male cells were found in the brains of women and had been living there, in some cases, for several decades. What impact they may have had is now only a guess, but this study revealed that these cells were less common in the brains of women who had Alzheimer’s disease, suggesting they may be related to the health of the brain.

http://www.scientificamerican.com/article.cfm?id=scientists-discover-childrens-cells-living-in-mothers-brain

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dkf Dec 2012 OP
LiberalEsto Dec 2012 #1
MichiganVote Dec 2012 #3
dkf Dec 2012 #4
pinboy3niner Dec 2012 #9
MichiganVote Dec 2012 #2
Flabbergasted Dec 2012 #5
TwilightGardener Dec 2012 #6
MissB Dec 2012 #7
sellitman Dec 2012 #8
roguevalley Dec 2012 #10
me b zola Dec 2012 #11
Sheldon Cooper Dec 2012 #12

Response to dkf (Original post)

Mon Dec 24, 2012, 03:40 PM

1. No wonder they won't move out

My head hurts

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Response to LiberalEsto (Reply #1)

Mon Dec 24, 2012, 03:42 PM

3. Lol!

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Response to LiberalEsto (Reply #1)

Mon Dec 24, 2012, 03:43 PM

4. Haha lol!

 

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Response to LiberalEsto (Reply #1)

Mon Dec 24, 2012, 04:08 PM

9. DUzy!






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Response to dkf (Original post)

Mon Dec 24, 2012, 03:41 PM

2. Wow, that's really something. Wonder what it all means..

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Response to MichiganVote (Reply #2)

Mon Dec 24, 2012, 03:44 PM

5. Wow.

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Response to dkf (Original post)

Mon Dec 24, 2012, 03:46 PM

6. So I have little chunks of my kids in my head.

Can't even have my own brain to myself...

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Response to dkf (Original post)

Mon Dec 24, 2012, 03:48 PM

7. I don't just have eyes in the back of my head.

I actually have little bits of my kids in my head. That's why I always know what they are doing!

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Response to dkf (Original post)

Mon Dec 24, 2012, 03:54 PM

8. Does this mean ....

Wayne LaPierre's mother truly is a shit for brains?

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Response to dkf (Original post)

Mon Dec 24, 2012, 08:05 PM

10. this entire thread rules. :D

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Response to dkf (Original post)

Mon Dec 24, 2012, 08:11 PM

11. I love DU for its sense of humor

But for me this is personal. As an adopted adult I can tell you that I have always felt my mother with me, and because I have uncovered evidence that she was fighting to keep me, this research means even more.

Thats all I have to say about that

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Mon Dec 24, 2012, 08:13 PM

12. Incredible.

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