Captain’s Log, Stardate 11.30.2005
I’m sad for the drain on California’s budget, but I’m also glad the judge didn’t just summarily dismiss the lawsuits challenging the stem cell institute. I don’t object to adult stem cells, but these days, most people think embryonic when they hear the term “stem cells.” Embryonic stem cells are made when scientists kill a baby—an embryo—in order to harvest their inner-most cells, called “pluripotent” cells.
This disappoints me. Neaves doesn’t believe that a blastocyst is a human being.
As a biologist and a Christian, I know that something amazing happens the second an egg receives a full complement of DNA, even though it’s just a single cell.
Whether it’s made in a woman’s womb, in a Petri dish, or “cooked up” with a blanked egg cell and a skin cell, it forms life as soon as that egg cell has two chromosomes. When that cell divides, no matter if there’s 2 cells or 64, there’s life at work that we as scientists can’t even adequately explain, all coming from that one cell.
I can’t help but believe that one cell has life, given by God, which makes it a human being. Even though it’s just one cell.
I think I will need to brush up on my developmental biochemistry. I’ll get back to this topic later.
Writing: The major revisions are done, now there’s just the line edits!