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Synonyms for zygote

(genetics) the diploid cell resulting from the union of a haploid spermatozoon and ovum (including the organism that develops from that cell)

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The fertilized egg cell begins to divide and grow to become a blastocyst (ball of about 100 cells), then an embryo, and finally a fetus (unborn animal eight weeks after fertilization).
For dais to happen, these cells must first join their genetic material together to form a fertilized egg cell with a totally new and unique version of the human genome.
The researchers transferred this nuclei into another fertilized egg cell which had had its own nuclei removed.
Each fertilized egg cell even establishes two distinct halves, along what is called the anterior-posterior axis.
The mutants are zebra fish, or Danio rerio, and they are the rage among developmental biologists, who study the seemingly miraculous process in which a fertilized egg cell becomes a multicellular adult organism.