Tuesday, 31 May 2011

Ignorance behind Lagman's "'fertilization' is not synonymous with 'conception'" claim

We wonder what kind of book the Congressman is using for his claims. (http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/breakingnews/nation/view/20101231-311891/Life-begins-at-conception-Lagman-insists)

Wikipedia says: "Fertilisation (also known as conception, fecundation and syngamy) is the fusion of gametes to produce a new organism. In animals, the process involves the fusion of an ovum with a sperm, which eventually leads to the development of an embryo. Depending on the animal species, the process can occur within the body of the female in internal fertilisation, or outside (external fertilisation). The entire process of development of new individuals is called reproduction." (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fertilisation)

It also says: "Human fertilization is the union of a human egg and sperm, usually occurring in the ampulla of the uterine tube. The result of this union is the production of a new individual of the human species (homo sapiens), complete with a unique set of the 23 pairs of chromosomes that genetically specify a human organism, the sperm and the egg each providing 23, for a total of 46 chromosomes. It is also the initiation of prenatal development. Scientists discovered the dynamics of human fertilization in the nineteenth century." (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Human_fertilization)

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