New Research: ‘Adult-Like Nerves In Very Young Embryos Affirming The Likelihood Of Fetal Pain
May 24, 2017 By Arina Grossu
This new research shows that the nervous system of an embryo is quite complex by the time most women find out they are pregnant.
A study published in March 2017 reveals “adult-like” pattern of nerves established before the end of the first trimester. This new dose of science and technology should inform our fetal pain debate.
The study generated 3D images at the cellular level of actual human embryos ranging from 6 to 14 weeks gestation (4 to 12 weeks post-fertilization), as never before seen. These images show nerve, muscular, cardiovascular, and other organ system development. The results are incredible. For example, below is an image of the complex peripheral nerves of an embryo at 7 to 8 weeks gestation (5-6 weeks post-fertilization):
The second image shows the nerves on…
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