always a part of me

August 4, 2006

I found an interesting article on Brain Ethics . Looking at my son sleeping this morning I was overcome by a sense of his being a part of me, us being linked. Well, it’s true in more ways than you think.

A baby’s cells really do stay inside the mother’s brain. Amazing. Apparently during pregnancy, the fetus stem cells cross the blood brain barrier, and travel inside the mother’s brain. They divide and become various kinds of brain cells. They have a particular role if there is some kind of injury to the mother’s brain cells.

So there they are, my little boys cells. Sitting inside my brain. I have literally become a different person with a different brain, since they were conceived.

Does this change your personality? One can only speculate.

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One Response to “always a part of me”

  1. tzramsoy Says:

    Indeed! You catch the idea with my short news article very nicely. My guess is that these cells will function just as regular brain cells, and will support rather than alter anything in the mother’s brain. But still… it’s really a mind-turner.

    Best wishes,
    Thomas (BrainEthics)

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