The more we learn about the natural world, the greater opportunity we have to become closer to the source of life.
To see the zinc radiate out in a burst from each human egg was breathtaking.’
Professor Teresa Woodruff, Northwestern University
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.
An explosion of tiny sparks erupts from the egg at the exact moment of conception.
Scientists had seen the phenomenon occur in other animals but it is the first time is has been also shown to happen in humans.
Not only is it an incredible spectacle, highlighting the very moment that a new life begins, the size of the flash can be used to determine the quality of the fertilised egg. [skip]
The bright flash occurs because when sperm enters an egg it leads to a surge of calcium which triggers the release of zinc from the egg. As the zinc shoots out, it binds to small molecules which emit a fluorescence which can be picked up by camera microscopes.
Over the last six years this team has shown that zinc controls the decision to grow and change into a completely new genetic organism.
Fascinating. I do not imply support for any particular viewpoint or policy. I merely observe:
“And God said let there be light: and there was light.
“I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will not walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.”