Embryo Process

Embrio conceptual project aims to represent trough light
into a visual product, the early stages of a human embryo.
“At the age of four weeks, the embryo is about the size of a
pea. A primitive heart is beating, the head is defined with
rudimentary eyes and ears, and tiny bumps represent
arms and legs. The embryo also contains a primitive
nervous system, and the head has begun to enlarge. A
cartilage skeleton has appeared, and muscles have taken
shape. By the end of eight weeks, the embryo is somewhat
human looking. Facial features are evident, and most of
the organs are well developed. From this point onward,
development consists chiefly of growth and maturation.
The embryo is about 1.5 inches in length. Henceforth it
is known as a fetus. Nourishment of the embryo, and
then the fetus, is accomplished through the placenta.
The maternal and embryonic blood supplies meet at
this organ, but the blood does not mix. Instead, diffusion
accounts for the passage of gases, nutrients, and waste
products across the membranous barriers. The placenta is
also an endocrine gland because it secretes estrogen and
progesterone to continue to inhibit follicle development
and maintain the integrity of the endometrium. As the
embryo becomes a fetus, it moves away from the placenta,
and a length of tissue called the umbilical cord becomes
its source of attachment to the maternal blood supply.”

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