Light in the womb controls eye development | Mo Costandi

New findings could improve understanding of diseases that cause blindness in premature babiesProper brain development is highly dependent upon sensory experiences in early life. From the minute you are born, the light entering your eyes began to tune the responses of cells in your visual cortex and shaped the overall growth of your visual pathways. And your parents’ cuddles and caresses drove the development of your somatosensory system, the pathway that detects touch and pain. Now a team of American researchers provides evidence that sensory experiences before birth play an important role in development of the eye. In a series of experiments performed on mice, they found that light in the womb regulates the growth of blood vessels and the number of neurons in the retina. The findings, pub…
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