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Unconditional Love

MRI image of a mother with child
Rebecca Saxe, Atsushi Takahashi and Athinoula A. Martinos, MIT.

Some of the major goals of biomedical research include understanding how an embryo develops into an adult and how changes in the brain of a baby result in a human mind. Using advanced non-invasive imaging techniques such as MRI, it is possible to see how a baby’s brain is different from its mother’s. Some of the differences are dramatic, such as the smaller size of the baby's brain with less pronounced folding. Meanwhile, despite the “high-tech” roots of the image, the powerful connection between mother and child endures.

This article was originally published on BioInteractive.


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