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The Parents Via Egg Donation Organization: I Had A Hunch There Was Something More To This...

Wednesday, April 2, 2008

I Had A Hunch There Was Something More To This...

I was very excited to see a study published in Fertility and Sterility stating that
Fetal cells remain in the blood of women who had pregnancies with donor eggs for years after they had the baby. For as long as nine (9) years. Which is amazing.

This study went on to say that these findings may impact how we think about using stem cells in regenerative medicine, because the 'foreign' fetal cells are not rejected by the mother's immune system, even in donor egg pregnancies.

Dr William from Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston went on to say:

"Not only do we want to understand the novel mechanism that suppresses the immune system's surveillance response, but we want to know if these fetal cells can be a source of stem cells later in life for the mother and even for unmatched patients, which could eliminate the need for stem cell banking," Williams said.

The most interesting part for me was this:

"It is also interesting to note that, after a donor egg pregnancy, the mother and child do, in fact, share DNA, albeit at a very low level, and therefore do have a biological connection," Williams added.

This not only warmed my heart but validated so much of what I have thought for many years. We mom's that carry our children regardless of whether or not it's our egg or someone else's contribute so much to our children.

And really how can we not?

I am very happy about this:):)


Blogger EggDonor27 said...

I didn't know about this, what a neat study! As an egg donor, it makes me happy to know the mother-to-be will have her own biological connection with the baby.

May 28, 2008 at 10:03 PM  

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