Journal article

Human embryo: a biological definition

JK Findlay, ML Gear, PJ Illingworth, SM Junk, G Kay, AH Mackerras, A Pope, HS Rothenfluh, L Wilton

HUMAN REPRODUCTION | OXFORD UNIV PRESS | Published : 2007

Abstract

This paper defines a human embryo from a biological standpoint that takes into account emerging technologies in reproductive science. The paper does not consider legal, moral, religious or social views. As the definition of a human embryo must reflect the multifactorial processes of development, an approach has been adopted which combines recognition of observed events with potential for further development. This acknowledges that fertilization and development are not static processes, and as such embryo status can only be defined by observation of specific markers. The following biological definition of 'human embryo' is proposed. A human embryo is a discrete entity that has arisen from eit..

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