Each new scientific discovery, when it comes to baby development, points to the beginning of life happening closer to conception each time. A brand new scientific study has found the human heartbeat begins just 16 days after conception.
Scientists originally believed 21 days was the first heartbeat, but apparently the DNA works even faster than previously thought.
The Daily Mail report focuses on all the positive effects this fascinating research will have on preventing heart disease, while seeming a bit oblivious to the implications this has on the life debate:
We are trying to better understand how the heart develops, and ultimately what causes the heart defects that develop in the womb before birth and to extrapolate to adult heart repair, said BHF Professor Paul Riley, who led the research at the University of Oxford. ‘By finding out how the heart first starts to beat and how problems can arise in heart development, we are one step closer to being able to prevent heart conditions from arising during pregnancy. ‘We also hope that this new research will help us to learn how the beating of new heart muscle cells might be triggered in replaced muscle after a heart attack.’
That’s all awesome stuff, but most of the internet has zeroed in on one point:
Incredible: New study shows baby’s heartbeat may happen as early as 16 days after conception. https://t.co/glAPRWnHPM
— Live Action (@LiveAction) October 12, 2016
Christians are often positioned at odds with the science community, as if the two are incompatible. But it seems that each time science studies God’s handiwork and experiences breakthroughs, the results seem to confirm what he’s already revealed to us.