UCSF team finds new source of immune cells during pregnancy

UCSF researchers have shown for the first time that the human fetal immune system arises from an entirely different source than the adult immune system, and is more likely to tolerate than fight foreign substances in its environment.
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Fetus heart races when mom reads poetry

New research findings on the ability of a fetus to recognize its mother’s voice and even distinguish it from other female voices confirms what scientists have speculated about for more than 20 years – that experiences in the womb help shape newborn preferences and behaviour. Dr. Barbara Kisilevsky, a Queen’s University professor of nursing along with a team of psychologists at Queen’s and obstetricians in Hangzhou, China, found that fetuses are capable of learning in the womb and can remember and recognize their mother’s voice before they are even born.

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