“The Thience Ith Thettled”
— Albert Arnold Gore Jr., 2007
“Yeah. About that…”
–Thinking Americans, 2016
Ted Cruz supporters, we need a bit of good news, and I think I have some.
On Goreacle’s global warming or, overall, anything else, no science is settled. Nothing is unanimous.
There is no consensus. Once we get to some agreement on a fact, a new piece of information comes into light to show us how little we know. There is recent science news of moderately high importance, however, and in my view it holds enduring implications to the celebration and protection of innocent life.
Last week we learned about the biochemistry that occurs at the moment of conception. Side note: This is of particular interest to yours truly since Mrs. Cummings and I are having an absolute, full-on blast going through the Growing and Changing curriculum at our elementary school with our oldest. You know, because the hypersonic mood swings just aren’t enough to get through our day. Good times.
From Christian News:
“It was remarkable,” said Teresa Woodruff, director of Northwestern’s Center for Reproductive Science. “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.” When sperm meets egg, it causes an increase of calcium and the release of zinc, which radiates out from the egg as it binds to probes and is visible under microscope as a flash or fireworks-type display. Researchers found that only mature eggs are activated by the sperm, as no flash occurred in eggs that had not reached maturity.
Using a fluorescent sensor, scientists were able see approximately 8,000 pockets of zinc storing an estimated million zinc atoms per egg. It is believed that the eggs that had a more significant flash were of greater quality.
“All of biology starts at the time of fertilization, yet we know next to nothing about the events that occur in the human. This discovery required a unique partnership between biologists and chemists and non-federal dollars to support the research,” Woodruff stated in a press release from the university.
She said that the study helps to provide scientists with information on how to select the best eggs for in vitro fertilization.
Here come the ethical questions [edit mine]:
“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 (IVF),” Woodruff explained. “It’s a way of sorting egg quality in a way we’ve never been able to assess before.” [judging from the brightness of the spark, assuming brighter is of higher quality]
“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,” co-study author Dr. Eve Feinberg also stated. “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.”
While ethical issues surround humans in creating life, that we’ve been able to allow married couples struggling with fertility to become parents is a huge blessing. To me, it’s a simple rule: If you create conception, it’s a baby, and the baby deserves a chance at life. Beyond that, there’s not much to debate.
This is good news. Science and religion have never had to compete for which is more legitimate, despite what any Democrat will tell you. In truth, as we continue to learn more about our world, science is proving God’s existence by showing us how tremendously precise the universe and our bodies have to be in order for this planet and its inhabitants to survive.
You may call this news of the spark a “meh,” or ask, “So what?” but think of what the spark means. The Left squeals endlessly about the Big Bang in explaining the universe and canceling out God, but we’ve now come across a great truth: We are our own, individual Big Bang. Each of us started with a spark that was more than the glint in our parents’ eyes.
The “material” that comes from a man contains between 40 and 1.2 billion sperm. Each sperm is unique with its own DNA. And when that swimmer gets through to the egg and implants, we have a baby. The odds each of us had to beat in order to be born are immensely high. Because of those terrible odds, or despite them, we now have an intelligent, biochemical fireworks display announcing our impending arrival. That, my friends, is awesome.
In politics, this week sucked. In life, we’re not doing so bad.
Screen Grab: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nkVSQtLnMe0