To the editor: 

"Bright Flash of Light Marks Incredible Moment Life Begins"

The above headline broke earlier this year when medical research out of Northwestern University in Chicago captured on film, for the first time, the astonishing display of the tiny sparks erupting from the egg at the exact moment of conception.

The bright flash occurs because when sperm enters an egg it leads to a surge of calcium which triggers the release of zinc from the egg. As the zinc shoots out, it binds to small molecules which emit a fluorescence which can be picked up by camera microscopes.

Life, unarguably begins at conception, even science supports this position. From the earliest stages of development, you are a distinct, living, and who human being. Now in light of new research we can miraculously see when new life comes to be.

Lois Schrimpf

Goodhue