Pro-lifers hearing National Public Radio’s Morning Edition Monday had to be smiling when Science editor, Robert Krulwich, revealed a little-known bond between a mother and her child.
The report examined the increasing evidence that “when a woman has a baby, she gets not just a son or daughter, [but]
an army of protective cells– gifts from her children that will stay inside her and defend her for the rest of her life.”
Krulwich begins his interview with Dr. Kirby Johnson, of Tufts University, doing a little myth-busting about the placenta, formerly considered “an impenetrable barrier [in which the] mommy cells stay on the mommy side and nature keeps them separate.”
Rather, Johnson discusses how researchers found, “in a teaspoon of an ordinary pregnant woman’s blood… dozens, perhaps even hundreds of cells… from the baby.” (The scientific name for the phenomenon is fetomaternal microchimerism.)
Researchers were surprised that the ‘baby’ cells aren’t attacked by the ‘mom’s’ immunity system. The natural references (more…)