Blogs Wed Nov 23, 2011 - 11:45 am EST
Amazing video by Yale scientist visualizes fetal development from conception to birth
Alexander Tsiaras, Chief of Scientific Visualization in the department of Medicine at Yale University, employs new kinds of visualization technologies to view the human body.
What he has discovered, he says, “just made you marvel.”
Using micro-magnetic resonance imaging, Tsiaras tracked the development of the baby from conception to birth. (See video here.)
Tsiaras claims that the developing human body is “so perfectly organized a structure that it was hard not to attribute divinity to it.”
“When you actually start working on this data, its pretty spectacular,” he said at a conference affiliated with TED (Technology, Entertainment, Design).
In the video viewers see the moment when the egg is inseminated. The baby’s first cellular division takes place within 24 hours and divides anew every 12 to 15 hours.
At four weeks, the baby’s cells are now developing at one million cells per second.
After 25 days, one can see the heart chamber developing. Within 32 days, arms and legs. At 52 days, the baby’s retina, nose, and fingers have developed.
Tsiaras calls the entire process — beginning with two simple cells and resulting in what he says is the “magic of you and me” — an “unbelievable machinery.”
“The magic of the mechanisms inside each genetic structure saying exactly where that nerve cell should go — the complexities of these — the mathematical models on how these things are indeed done are beyond human comprehension, even though I am a mathematician.”
“It’s a mystery, it’s magic, it’s divinity,” says Tsiaras, adding that the complexity of building the human organism within a single system is “beyond any existing mathematics today.”
My take on this: Truth discovered through science will never contradict revealed truth.
The ancient writer of the Psalms and Tsiaras would have much in common if they could get together for a chat. I bet the ancient writer would begin with his lines from Psalm 139 “You knit me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made.” Tsiaras would respond that human development is “beyond our comprehension, the magic — that is existence — that is us.”
Both would be spellbound and captivated by the wonder of the human body. Both would agree that there is more to the human being than what first meets the eye. Each would learn much from the other.