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    Is a single celled human zygote an 'organism'?

    Inspired by Iangb's steadfast denial; that a newly formed human zygote is in fact, biologically a human organism,....

    Quote Originally Posted by iangb View Post
    Specifically, you are claiming that a single-celled zygote is defined as an organism, which is not the case.
    I would like to provide some links and take a poll on the issue.

    "organism (ôrg-nzm)
    An individual form of life that is capable of growing, metabolizing nutrients, and usually reproducing. Organisms can be unicellular or multicellular. They are scientifically divided into five different groups (called kingdoms) that include prokaryotes, protists, fungi, plants, and animals, and that are further subdivided based on common ancestry and homology of anatomic and molecular structures."
    -- Free Dictionary.com

    zygote
    "The single-celled organism that results from the joining of the egg and sperm."
    -- Planned Parenthood


    " The sperm and egg merge to form a little single-celled organism called a zygote, which consists of the 23 chromosomes from the man's sperm and the 23 chromosomes from the female's egg. These chromosomes will determine the baby's hair color, eye color and whether the baby will be a boy or a girl."-How Stuff Works

    "2) zygote : fertilized egg; one-celled organism;"--Oaklahoma School of Math and Science

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

    Quote Originally Posted by Chuz Life View Post
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    "organism, being a living thing that has (or can develop) the ability to act or function independently "-Hyperdictionary.com

    "Conception and Fertilization! The egg and sperm meet, creating a single cell organism called a zygote."- Pregnancy.org

    " The egg and sperm will meet, creating a single cell organism called a zygote "-Maternity Corner.com

    "When sperm reaches and is able to fertilize a female's egg, the first building block of life is created in the form of a one-cell organism called a zygote."- Ehow.com

    "Upon the uniting of a sperm and an ovum, a single celled organism called a “zygote” is formed. This single celled organism consists of 23 pairs of chromosomes, in other words, 46 single chromosomes, of which 23 are inherited from father and the remaining 23 are inherited from the mother. "- Educational Weblog

    "If a woman has intercourse around the time of ovulation, one sperm cell out of millions of sperm that are deposited into the vagina, may fertilize the egg within the fallopian tube. The result is a single-celled organism called a zygote." -Basic Reproductive Biology for Lawyers ; Anne Borkowski, MD

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

    On a side note;

    Can anyone tell me,... how someone managed to vote in the poll and not have their name disclosed alongside everyone elses?

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

    It's an organism. It may not be a "human" organism, but it's an organism.

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

    Quote Originally Posted by Areopagitican View Post
    It's an organism. It may not be a "human" organism, but it's an organism.
    Well,... I have to admit,... I wasn't expecting that one.

    If it's a "human" zygote,... and (per your vote) the zygote is an organism,....

    Would you mind telling me what kind of organism it is,... since you believe it's not a 'human organism'?

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

    Planned Parenthood? By what measure are they qualified as an arbiter of the meaning of the term organism?
    Don't work out, work in.

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

    Quote Originally Posted by Manc Skipper View Post
    Planned Parenthood? By what measure are they qualified as an arbiter of the meaning of the term organism?
    Planned Parenthood is but one of many sources quoted.

    I found it odd that so many 'choicers' resist the notion that a human zygote is a "human organism;' even as Planned Parenthood acknowledges in their materials that they are.

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

    Do zygotes procreate? no. Not an organism. No matter what the Oklahoma School of Math might think.
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    Re: Is a single celled human zygote an 'organism'?

    Quote Originally Posted by Manc Skipper View Post
    Do zygotes procreate? no. Not an organism. No matter what the Oklahoma School of Math might think.
    I'm not very knowledgeable on the subject, but can't zygotes "technically" procreate. Isn't that how we get identical twins?

    Quote Originally Posted by Chuz Life View Post
    Well,... I have to admit,... I wasn't expecting that one.

    If it's a "human" zygote,... and (per your vote) the zygote is an organism,....

    Would you mind telling me what kind of organism it is,... since you believe it's not a 'human organism'?
    I know this has some holes, logically, because I've never thought it out. But when I think "human" I think empathy, logic, reason, and even opposable thumbs. In short, nothing a zygote has.

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

    Quote Originally Posted by Chuz Life View Post
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    zygote One-celled organism resulting from fertilization. (40) - McGraw Hill Higher Education

    "Zygote zygote - One-celled organism formed by the union of a sperm and an ovum"- North Central State College

    "Zygote; one celled organism created by the union of a sperm and egg"- CCMBU (power point)

    "zygote One-celled organism resulting from fertilization." - Psyed.org

    "As a zygote the organism: consists of one cell of only one type"- University Of Minnesota- Deluth

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