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How mice babies ensure mother's protection

20:00 EDT 30 Jul 2017 | AAAS

(Max Delbrück Center for Molecular Medicine in the Helmholtz Association) The calls of new-born mice draw the attention of their mother. A group of neuronal cells in the brain stem, which coordinate exhalation and tension of muscles in the larynx is essential for this process. Without these cells, the mice are mute. These are the results of a study by a research team at the Max Delbrück Center in Berlin, which appears in the journal PNAS. The cries of human babies may well depend on similar connections, which could also be impaired in speech disorders.

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