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Can foetal DNA get into Mum's Brain?
« on: 30/09/2012 13:43:48 »
Male DNA, almost certainly left over from a male foetus, has been found lurking in womenís brains, according to research published in PloS One this week. Itís unclear what effect this may have on maternal health.

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Re: Can foetal DNA get into Mum's Brain?
« Reply #1 on: 07/10/2012 12:24:29 »
I was interested in the comment that women with more advanced Alzheimers had fewer male neurones in their brains.
This could be consistent with the male neurones triggering an immune response (which would attack the male neurones, eliminating them).
However, the immune system attacking the brain is one (of many) potential candidates for the cause of Alzheimers.
 

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Re: Can foetal DNA get into Mum's Brain?
« Reply #2 on: 08/10/2012 00:00:51 »
It's not male neurones so much as cells of uncertain type that contain male DNA and must have entered via the bloodstream during pregnancy and then settled in the brain indefinitely thereafter.
 

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