Christopher Vaughan How Life Begins

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How Life Begins

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9780440508007: How Life Begins

From the moment of fertilization until the day of birth, the extraordinary life of a fetus is chronicled in this awe-inspiring volume drawn from the latest in pre-natal research. How Life Begins, taking advantage of the relatively recent advent of ultrasound technology and other imaging techniques, offers a month-by-month guide to what a developing baby is seeing, hearing, dreaming about, and how it is accomplishing the miracle of preparing to be human. Readers will discover:

How a fetus's eye movements work to "boot up" the computer that is its brain
How the hands and feet commit programmed suicide to create fingers and
What role genetics plays in determining an infant's sexual identity and personality
How the baby becomes the choreographer of the mother's labor, and the director of his or her own birth

Interviews with leading researchers combine with truly remarkable photography to make How Life Begins an unforgettable journey marking the passage from single cell to bright-eyed baby.

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About the Author:

Christopher Vaughan is currently biomedical sciences editor at Cambridge University Press.

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The human infant can hear, feel and see before it leaves the womb, and the fetus even seems to have a sense of taste. Around day 26 after conception, the embryo initiates dramatic progress in the process of forming a face. By the end of the third month, the fetus is moving vigorously, even though the mother can't feel the movement. In a crystal-clear synthesis emphasizing the last two decades of research, this captivating primer reenacts an incredible journey we all have taken but forgotten?the first nine months of life inside the womb. Vaughan, a biomedical editor at Cambridge University Press, explains how the fetus "practically commandeers the mother's body," tailoring her responses to promote energy storage and manipulating her immune system to override the forces that the body usually launches against invaders. Along the way he discusses genetic influences on personality, sudden infant death syndrome, causes of infertility, current fertilization techniques and the newborn's adjustment to the outer world. An informative guide for expectant parents and the scientifically curious. Illustrations.
Copyright 1995 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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