"Its My Body... Its my DNA?"

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"Its My Body... Its my DNA?"
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Thu, 11-13-2003 - 11:08pm
"Its my body" Okay. I admit it makes perfect sense. "There's something growing in my belly, and you are telling me that its not a part of me!"

But is it really my body? No doubt it can't survive without my body. It grows from me. It lives off of me. But can we say that tiny mesh of flesh is my body? From a genetic stand point, maybe not. I admit I am no biology major, so if anyone can clarify the details, go for it.

Everything on my body has my DNA. My skin, my fingers, my nose, my nails and hair maybe even(?). It could be considered a stamp that says, "this is me, this is my body." What about the baby? From what I understand, it has a completely unique and different DNA. Considering this from genetic standpoint, I don't consider the baby a part of the mothers body in this way.

If what I suggest above is true, I'm not saying that the abortion debate is closed, but on this one particular aspect of the argument, I don't believe a woman can state it's her body so confidently.

And just a quick question if anyone knows: What is the genetic makeup of the placenta?

I apologize for my terrible spelling.. lol

LernersPetite

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Thu, 11-13-2003 - 11:29pm
you have a very valid point to the arguement of it(fetus) being a part of the woman's body as in it is not a seperate organism. obviosly this is not true since the fetus ahs it's own dna. It is a symbiotic(is that the right word?) relationship between two seperate beings, one completely dependant on the other.

the placenta IS a part of the Mother persay isn't it? I have never considered that before about the DNA of the placenta. anyone know?

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Fri, 11-14-2003 - 7:57am
The placenta is not part

Kim mom to Brad, Matt, Emma, Sarah, and Meagan

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Fri, 11-14-2003 - 7:58am
I believe it grows from the fertilized egg and is thus technically property of the baby, but it serves as a conduit between the mother and baby. (embryo, fetus, whatever... when it comes out and the baby is suddenly called a baby, well, it's the baby's. But the baby cannot use it anymore once it tears away from mom's uterine wall.)

If you're trying to figure out whether the baby has simply grown from mom, like a mole or something, it hasn't. Before the placenta attaches to the uterine wall, the fertilized egg floats around in liquid (it is curious that some people consider the zygote to be "not a life" until it implants, because this is when it is, in fact, more physically separate from the mother.) Anyway, as critters pointed out, the egg is not even part of the mother once it ruptures from the ovary, which is obviously before it is fertilized by the reproductive cell of another human being (the father). And when you think about it, I learned in biology that while some parts of the human body appear to be "inside" it, they are technically not, since epithelial cells line the following cavities: The digestive tract, the reproductive tract, the respiratory system, the urinary system and the ears. It's not like a baby has just sprung up in the mother's liver. Rather, an egg that exited her ovary was fertilized by an outside agent and then it globbed onto the side of mom's uterus to extract nutrition for nine months until it is mature enough to use its own lungs and drink from mom's breast. So in a certain way, the baby is inside mom's body... yes, we all seem to understand how babies grow and that they are invisible because they are obscured by the exterior of mom, but it is most obviously its own organism and obviously isn't a body part of mom's but rather has taken up residence in a cavity of mom's body for a while.

My apologies to those who are sticklers for using the terms zygote, embryo, and fetus at exactly the right developmental reference points. I was too lazy to do that this time. It's because I haven't had my coffee!

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Fri, 11-14-2003 - 8:21am
I wouldn't say that it gobbled into the mother.

Kim mom to Brad, Matt, Emma, Sarah, and Meagan

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Fri, 11-14-2003 - 8:25am

Very true and the women has to birth the placenta also for a vaginal delivery...which for me was the most painful part of birth nd delivery...nt

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Fri, 11-14-2003 - 8:33am

I believe a egg a fetus a infant is a part of my body not

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Fri, 11-14-2003 - 8:33am
heh heh.. I said "globbed onto," not "gobbled into."
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Fri, 11-14-2003 - 8:38am
I didn't know, thank you. so it would ahve the babies(fetus)dna then?
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Fri, 11-14-2003 - 8:43am
it was an unpleasant part for me, but I didn't notice too much pain for myself with the placenta delivery. this last time I didn't notice at all since I was busy trying to bleed to death. : )
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Fri, 11-14-2003 - 8:51am
It would.

Kim mom to Brad, Matt, Emma, Sarah, and Meagan

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