Saturday, April 30, 2016

Bright Flash of Light When Sperm Meets Egg

One would think SOMEONE thinks the beginning of human and animal life is a big thing. Maybe a little more exciting and harder (more in line with creative "work") than this. Perhaps it's why God rested on the seventh day.
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.
Researchers from Northwestern University, in Chicago, noticed that some of the eggs burn brighter than others, showing that they are more likely to produce a healthy baby.
You can see the video at the top of the page here.

H/T Daniel Payne


MAX Redline said...

It's always seen as a surprise when something we observe in other animals is suddenly detected in humans as well. I've never quite understood why.

T. D. said...

Amazing to have a little celebration that mimics our fireworks celebrations. I wonder if that's in our DNA.