I believe you are correct that an egg/zygote/embryo needs proteins in order to keep undergoing its process of life... (just as a born human beings need food, oxygen, etc. in order to keep undergoing our process of life).Originally Posted by SB
That being said: I disagree with your characterization that the proteins dictate the life processes of an egg/zygote/embryo... just as I would disagree with the assertion that food, oxygen, etc. dictate the life processes of a born human being.
IOW: a living organism uses fuel to undergo its own processes... fuel does not force internal processes to function.
It sounds (to me) like you've got the tail wagging the dog.