Top of Mind with Julie Rose - Radio Archive, Episode 272 , Segment 3
Episode: Underserved Veterans, Gun Control, Babies
- Apr 12, 2016 9:00 pm
- 18:46 mins
Guest: J. Lee Nelson, MD, Member of the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center and Professor of Medicine at the University of Washington Any woman who’s borne a child will tell you the experience changed her deeply – physically, emotionally, psychically. The changes go much deeper than you might expect, though. Scientists have discovered a biological phenomenon called microchimerism in which mothers retain some of their children’s cells long after birth – they’re present in her brain and other parts of the body. The question is why? What purpose, if any, does these left-over fetal cells have?