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  •  Ugh.. typo removal (none)
    Better yet ...if you take a blastomere, before cellular compaction and polarization occurs... you can separate the cells and inject them into an unfertilized ovum, and each one can "grow" into a new, fully formed organism via implantation and gestation.

    But you can also take those same separate cells, taken apart from said blastomere.. and force them into a single cellular membrane, and it will now form into a single adult organism.

    So are those individual cells in a blastomere 1, then 2, then 4, then 8 then 16, then 32, then 64 persons.. then when cellular compaction occurs, poof.. you are back to one person?

    And this isn't just an issue of artificial ex-utero procedures. We know that twinning, then re-formation sometimes occur naturally. We even know that occasionally genetic chimerism occurs naturally as well, where two "people" (if you go by the Fright-WingTM schema) are fused into one person with blended genetic source cells.

    Also some of those cells in the blastomere, post-compaction develop into the umbilical and placenta, which are not people in anyone's book, so which of those cells in the pre-compaction blastomere are the person(s) and which are going to become placenta and after-birth?

    When you get done to the the cellular biology in the early stages post-fertilization, the entire schema of "it is a person at conception" is totally obliterated.

    Not to put it in to crass an analogy... it is like Carlin's bit about crumbs. If you take a crumb, and break it in half, you don't have to half-crumbs.. you got two crumbs.

    cheers,

    Mitch Gore

    Nobody will change America for you, you have to work to make it happen

    by Lestatdelc on Thu Feb 17, 2005 at 02:10:44 AM PST

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    •  Didn't you know? (none)
      The sperm contains a fully formed little person and the egg just provides sustinence. Forget all that nasty actual biology and just go back to our medieval roots. </snark>
      •  Yep... (none)
        I guess these antediluvian cretins really do embrace "traditional values"... unfortunately those traditions are rooted in the dark ages.

        cheers,

        Mitch Gore

        Nobody will change America for you, you have to work to make it happen

        by Lestatdelc on Thu Feb 17, 2005 at 09:00:38 PM PST

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