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Nerve cell migration after birth may explain infant brain’s flexibility

Frontal lobe development influenced by cellular latecomers, study finds

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2:18pm, October 6, 2016
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BABY BRAIN  New nerve cells in infants’ brains migrate to the frontal lobe after birth, where they help regulate other neural messages.

Baby humans’ brain cells take awhile to get situated after birth, it turns out. A large group of young nerve cells moves into the frontal lobe during infants’ first few months of life, scientists report in the Oct. 7 Science. The mass migration might help explain how human babies’ brains remain so malleable for a window of time after birth.  

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