Father of Modern Genetics Says Human Life Begins at Conception

Dr. Jerome Lejeune is known as “The Father of Modern Genetics”. Originally from Paris France, Dr. Lejeune presented  expert testimony in Canada at the Joe P. Borowski “Trail for Life” on the
humanity of the unborn child in 1983. Dr. Lejeune discovered the genetic cause of  Down’s Syndrome.

Quotes from Dr. Lejeune:

From the moment of fertilization, that is from the earliest moment of biologic existence, the developing human being is alive, and entirely distinct from the mother who provides nourishment and protection,” said Lejeune, who discovered the chromosomal cause of Down Syndrome. “From fertilization to old age, it is the same living human being who grows, develops, matures and eventually dies. This particular human being, with his or her characteristics, is unique and therefore irreplaceable.”

Each of us has a very precise starting moment which is the time at which the whole necessary and sufficient genetic information is gathered inside one cell, the fertilized egg, and this is the
moment of fertilization. There is not the slightest doubt about that and we know that this information is written on a kind of ribbon which we call the DNA…Nature has used the smallest possible language to carry the information from father to children, from mother to children, from generation to generation…At no time is the human being a blob of protoplasm. As far as your nature is concerned, I see no difference between the early person that you were at conception and the late person which you are now. You were and are a human being.



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