What's a Blastocyst, Anyway?

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Let’s clarify: Senator Bill Frist doesn’t think we should experiment on all embryonic stem cells. He said we should use for research “Only Blastocysts That Would Otherwise Be Discarded.”

Okay. But what’s a blastocyst?

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“Another high quality human blastocyst

The developing fetus itself is the area marked as “ICM” (inner cell mass)”

From the Advanced Fertility Center of Chicago, using blastocyst transfer “with IVF can give high pregnancy rates.”

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2 Responses

  1. Michele says:

    Go Charmaine! This is one to lose sleep over. Great to hear about all your media appearances as of late. Miss you all. Love, Michele

  2. Becky says:

    Focus on the Family did a program this week on the adadoption of frozen embryos. According to this program, embryos may be adopted when they consist of seven or eight cells. Blastocyts have one hundred or more cells.

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