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Published On: Thu, May 5th, 2016

Scientists capture ‘bright flash of light’ marking the beginning of life at conception

Human life begins in bright flash of light as a sperm meets an egg, scientists have shown for the first time, after capturing the astonishing event on film. Scientists had seen the phenomenon occur in other animals but it is the first time is has been also shown to happen in humans.

Northwestern University scientists went further, noting that this “flash” is more noticeable from some of the eggs, burning brighter than others, possibly indicated that these eggs would produce a healthy baby.

“It was remarkable,” said Professor Teresa Woodruff, one of the study’s two senior authors and an expert in ovarian biology at Northwestern.

“We discovered the zinc spark just five years ago in the mouse, and to see the zinc radiate out in a burst from each human egg was breathtaking.

Human Fetus at 8 weeks photo Henry Gray

Human Fetus at 8 weeks photo Henry Gray

“This means if you can look at the zinc spark at the time of fertilization, you will know immediately which eggs are the good ones to transfer in in vitro fertilization.

“It’s a way of sorting egg quality in a way we’ve never been able to assess before. “All of biology starts at the time of fertilization, yet we know next to nothing about the events that occur in the human.”

Most eggs, or at least half, do not develop properly and experts believe that faulty genetic code could be responsible.  While some clinics take videos of the egg developing to try pick up problems early, this is an invasive procedure which can damage the tiny egg.

These new findings could give an extra indication that an egg is flourishing.

“This is an important discovery because it may give us a non-invasive and easily visible way to assess the health of an egg and eventually an embryo before implantation,” said co-author Dr Eve Feinberg, who took care of the patients who provided eggs for the basic science study and collaborated with the research team.

“There are no tools currently available that tell us if it’s a good quality egg. Often we don’t know whether the egg or embryo is truly viable until we see if a pregnancy ensues.

“That’s the reason this is so transformative. If we have the ability up front to see what is a good egg and what’s not, it will help us know which embryo to transfer, avoid a lot of heartache and achieve pregnancy much more quickly.”

As Secular Pro-Life pointed out:

[T]he article is refreshingly clear about conception being the point where life begins. There is no obfuscation. The very first line of the article is “Human life begins in bright flash of light as a sperm meets an egg, scientists have shown for the first time, after capturing the astonishing ‘fireworks’ on film.”

Which is why the rest of the article is so incredibly disturbing.

Human embryo, 8 cells on day 3 photo: ekem, Courtesy: RWJMS IVF Program via wikimedia commons

Human embryo, 8 cells on day 3 photo: ekem, Courtesy: RWJMS IVF Program via wikimedia commons

 

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