For the first time, researchers from Northwestern University have now demonstrated that when a human sperm first meets an egg a bright zinc spark can be seen, not only a “remarkable” phenomenon but also one that might be a game-changer for in vitro fertilization.
“It was remarkable,” said the study’s co-author Professor Teresa Woodruff. “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. All of biology starts at the time of fertilization, yet we know next to nothing about the events that occur in the human.”
The researchers say that the size of the flash of light provides valuable information about the health of the eggs. The brighter the flash, the more viable the egg, and thus the better option for in vitro fertilization, which has a high failure rate (around 50%) and often involves clinicians using imprecise means of testing or simply choosing whichever eggs they think appear to be most viable.
“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,” explained Woodruff. “It’s a way of sorting egg quality in a way we’ve never been able to assess before.”
“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. “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.”
Read Northwestern’s full report on the study here.
Could it be when our 'soul' gets the keys or the initial development of our aurora?
"In the beginning, the Universe was void and formless, and the waters were covered in darkness, and God said 'let there be light', and there was light, and God saw that the light was good."
Funny thing Martin, as far as I'm aware the metaphysical beginnings of the Universe was the result of the joining of male and female energies. Like a giant cosmic orgasm...puts a different perspective of the term "Big Bang Theory" LOL
I'm aware there are Christians around here, hope you all realise I'm not being disrespectful. First time I picked up a Bible at the school library and read those first lines of Genesis was quite blown away by it.
I have a very rare book in my collection called The Hidden Wisdom of the Holy Bible by Geoffrey Hodgson. It says much the same thing, about male/female energies, and goes into Adam/Eve symbolism.
The Genesis chapters of the Bible are like an onion: Peel away one layer of meaning and another is revealed.
The only disrespect is to take the Genesis story literally instead of as the deeply meaningful allegory/code that it is.
No doubt meddling with the deep messages of the Bible has played well into the hands of the masters of control. Took me ages to figure that one out.
If you are keen Stuart Wilde wrote out this story of how the universe came to be, filtered through his own words and experience. I always have respect for the way he put things.
lovely: now lets sing a hymn of praise to Om and Ka.
We do live in dark times but Credence Clearwater Revival does it for me...As long as I can see the light.
Keep shining your light in the darkness everyone