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A Few Questions--->

Postby BiologyNewb » Thu Feb 21, 2008 3:39 am

1. How does the number of chromosomes in a gamete compare to the number in a regular body cell?

AND

2. What is the difference between monoploid and diploid cells?

All answers would be appreciated, even if they don't mean one iota of sense. :)


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Postby mith » Thu Feb 21, 2008 6:35 am

maybe wikipedia can help?
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Postby BiologyNewb » Thu Feb 21, 2008 5:14 pm

Wikipedia is extremely unreliable.

I've tried it several times with these sort of things, but you don't find the differences between things in wikipedia.
You find those in humans.

But thanks for your input.

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Postby mith » Thu Feb 21, 2008 5:39 pm

Uhh, I find wikipedia very reliable in these things. For example lookup gamete. It tells you exactly the differece. But I'm sure if you doubt a human edited/curated encyclopedia, maybe you'd rather trust one written by manatees?
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Postby Cat » Thu Feb 21, 2008 9:01 pm

1. How does the number of chromosomes in a gamete compare to the number in a regular body cell?

Gametes are sperm or egg cells, they have haploid genome (1/2 number of chromosomes in regular somatic cell)

2. What is the difference between monoploid and diploid cells?

monoploid - have one set of chromosomes
diploid - have two sets
tetraploid - have four sets ... etc.

gametes could be called monoploid but usually said to be haploid...

As far as Wikipedia being unreliable, there is some truth to it but only in specialized staff not general bio like what you are looking for.
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Postby mith » Thu Feb 21, 2008 10:04 pm

Wikipedia is only really unreliable for politically charged issues. I think generally it works for background reading and introductory level material. If in doubt, you can always google and verify thru .edu websites.
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Postby MrMistery » Mon Feb 25, 2008 1:43 pm

Agreed. Some seem to think that Wikipedia contains a lot of wrong info. However, it is really more reliable than most other encyclopedias. Of course, you won't everything you need there, but it is always a good start.
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Postby Djw24 » Wed Mar 19, 2008 9:40 am

I like using Wikipedia. I do find it reliable, and its good for my work :P
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