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    Re: Is a single celled human zygote an 'organism'?

    Quote Originally Posted by Kal'Stang View Post
    Ah but a human hair is unique from that of a human heart. So basically the human body has lots of unique cellular parts in it...which can include a zygote.
    One human hair is not unique to another. It is the exact same thing. Even human zygotes are unique to each other.


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    Re: Is a single celled human zygote an 'organism'?

    Quote Originally Posted by Hicup View Post
    One human hair is not unique to another. It is the exact same thing. Even human zygotes are unique to each other.


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    You're right that human hair is not unique to another (if we are talking about the same body). But we are not talking about the same parts of a body. We're talking about seperate parts, the human hair and the human zygote. As such you would have to compare a hair to say the heart or some other body part in order to maintain continuity.

    Also you are right that a human zygote is unique to other zygotes. (except in the case of twinning of course) But then a human hair is unique to another humans hair. Which is why a piece of hair can be used as evidence in a murder trial.
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    Re: Is a single celled human zygote an 'organism'?

    Quote Originally Posted by Kal'Stang View Post
    You're right that human hair is not unique to another (if we are talking about the same body). But we are not talking about the same parts of a body. We're talking about seperate parts, the human hair and the human zygote. As such you would have to compare a hair to say the heart or some other body part in order to maintain continuity.

    Also you are right that a human zygote is unique to other zygotes. (except in the case of twinning of course) But then a human hair is unique to another humans hair. Which is why a piece of hair can be used as evidence in a murder trial.
    Yeah but it can't grow up and make more hair..


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    Re: Is a single celled human zygote an 'organism'?

    Quote Originally Posted by Hicup View Post
    Yeah but it can't grow up and make more hair..


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    Unless its used in the process of cloning. (sorry just can't resist )
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    Re: Is a single celled human zygote an 'organism'?

    Quote Originally Posted by Kal'Stang View Post
    Unless its used in the process of cloning. (sorry just can't resist )
    LOL.. Nice one, bro!


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    Re: Is a single celled human zygote an 'organism'?

    Biologically a zygote is a human organism. This is scientific fact.
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    Re: Is a single celled human zygote an 'organism'?

    Quote Originally Posted by digsbe View Post
    Biologically a zygote is a human organism. This is scientific fact.
    An organism by scientific standards has the ability to act or function independently. A zygote by its very developmental nature does not.
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    Re: Is a single celled human zygote an 'organism'?

    Quote Originally Posted by Hatuey View Post
    An organism by scientific standards has the ability to act or function independently. A zygote by its very developmental nature does not.
    No, it need only to be independant from its parents!! It's an important distinction.


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    Re: Is a single celled human zygote an 'organism'?

    Quote Originally Posted by Hicup View Post
    Hmmm.. I take issue with this. A ordinary human cell, like that of hair, or skin, is not unique. A Zygote is unique. It may require energy and sustenance, but it is very unique, and an individual by all meaningful ways. One might liken a zygote to a parasite in some ways.


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    Re: Is a single celled human zygote an 'organism'?

    Quote Originally Posted by Hicup View Post
    No, it need only to be independant from its parents!! It's an important distinction.

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    That makes no sense. A zygote independent from its parent still wouldn't be able to act independently. Do you know what a zygote is? Here is a picture:

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