How Life Begins: The Science of Life in the Womb

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Random House Publishing Group, 1999 - Science - 290 pages
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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A ``little peep at the hidden world of life in the womb'' is how its author modestly describes this delightful, informative work. For Vaughan, formerly a writer at the National Institutes of Health ... Read full review

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