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Introduction to Cell Reproduction

Problems

The Goal of Cellular Reproduction

Mitosis and Meiosis

Problem : Briefly summarize the main goal of cellular reproduction.

As its name suggests, the main goal of cellular reproduction is to "reproduce" a copy of an existing cell. This process needs to be accomplished in such a way as to faithfully copy a cell's contents and then divide it such that each resulting cell contains the appropriate, similar cellular components.

Problem : What is the name of the process by which cells repeatedly undergo cellular reproduction?

The cell cycle

Problem : What is the name of the very important molecule that is copied during cell reproduction and how is it found in cells?

DNA, or deoxyribonucleic acid, is the molecule that contains all the genetic information for a cell. It is packaged into chromosomes in eukaryotic cells.

Problem : Fill in the blanks. The _________ number of a cell refers to the number of homologous pairs of chromosomes while the _________ number refers to the total number of chromosomes in the cell.

Haploid. Diploid.

Problem : What is the haploid number for humans?

The haploid number for humans is 23 and the diploid number is 46.

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