Saturday, July 9, 2016

Philosophy Wire: Microchimerism. You. The others.


Philosophy Wire by Spiros Kakos [2016-07-09]: DNA from male cells, most likely from a fetus or sibling, are often found in the brains of women, according to a study released yesterday (September 26) in PLOS ONE. The findings are the first demonstration of microchimerism—in which cells that originated in one individual integrate into the tissues of another—in the human brain, and could have implications for disease. “Knowing cells are in the brain brings home the idea that we’re a little more diverse than we thought we were,” said Nelson. “So conceptually, it may be more appropriate to think of ourselves as an ecosystem rather than a single genetic template”. [1]

Meet your new self.
You are not you.
You are the others.

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