Human embryo: what about relatedness?

  • Corrado Terranova Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Campus Bio-Medico University of Rome, Italy.
  • Roberto Angioli Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Campus Bio-Medico University of Rome, Italy.
  • Laura Feole | l.feole@unicampus.it Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Campus Bio-Medico University of Rome, Italy.
  • Francesco Plotti Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Campus Bio-Medico University of Rome, Italy.
  • Giuseppina Fais Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Campus Bio-Medico University of Rome, Italy.
  • Stefania Rampello Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Campus Bio-Medico University of Rome, Italy.
  • Laura Campanozzi Institute of Philosophy of Scientific and Technological Research, Campus Bio-Medico University of Rome, Italy.
  • Giovanna Ricci School of Law, Section of Legal Medicine, University of Camerino, Italy.
  • Giampaolo Ghilardi Institute of Philosophy of Scientific and Technological Research, Campus Bio-Medico University of Rome, Italy.
  • Vittoradolfo Tambone Institute of Philosophy of Scientific and Technological Research, Campus Bio-Medico University of Rome, Italy.

Abstract

Many studies are still ongoing to allow a global comprehension of the complex mechanisms that characterize and regulate human embryo development during the first weeks of his life. In this article, we decided to explore in particular one aspect of human embryo development: relatedness. Using PubMed database, we selected articles related to this particular theme and 56 articles where included in our analysis. We considered three different types of relatedness: from embryo to mother, from mother to embryo and bilateral relatedness. For each article, we indicated what type of relatedness was mainly present either during pre-implantation phase or during implantation phase or during post-implantation phase. The complex interactions between the mother and the embryo have been discussed and represented using, as emerged from literature, a cooperative agents’ model.

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Published
2020-07-21
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Keywords:
human embryo, relatedness, pregnancy, cooperative agents’ model
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Terranova, C., Angioli, R., Feole, L., Plotti, F., Fais, G., Rampello, S., Campanozzi, L., Ricci, G., Ghilardi, G., & Tambone, V. (2020). Human embryo: what about relatedness?. Medicina E Morale, 69(2), 159-175. https://doi.org/10.4081/mem.2020.613