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A Smaller I - Reflections of a fetal cell

ByRichard DrydenHans Arkeveld

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Have you ever wondered how a baby makes itself before birth? Contemporary science explains the process by referring to genes and molecules. Embryos and fetuses are often described as molecular machines controlled by a genetic program. But we believe there is a social dimension too: the developing baby is a community, a community of cells. These cells live, move, and reproduce within a web of interactions which help them decide between possible actions. This becomes particularly apparent when development begins to go wrong - the affected cells respond in remarkably adaptive and resilient ways. We are familiar with living in a community. Perhaps we can draw upon that experience to better understand prenatal development? Imagine yourself as a cell within a fetus. Contractions are beginning and birth approaches. Your guide is a blood cell that has travelled throughout this cellular society over and over again, and is beginning to reflect on distressing changes that are occurring...

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Publication Date
Feb 12, 2014
Language
English
Category
Science & Medicine
Copyright
All Rights Reserved - Standard Copyright License
Contributors
By (author): Richard Dryden, By (author): Hans Arkeveld

Specifications

Pages
70
Binding
Perfect Bound
Interior Color
Color
Dimensions
Small Landscape (9 x 7 in / 229 x 178 mm)

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