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Somatic cell

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noun, plural: somatic cells

Any cell of the body of a multicellular organism -- excluding the germ cells (i.e. sperm and ovum), gametocytes (precursor germ cells), and undifferentiated stem cells


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Somatic cells are cells that make up the internal organs, bones, blood, connective tissues, and skin. In humans, somatic cells are characteristically diploid whereas germ cells are haploid.


Word origin: Gk sōmatikós of = pertaining to the body.

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  • body cell

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... would love to create protoplasts and then create a hybrid plant through somatic fusion, but just a few quick questions first: Do somatic fusion hybrids display characteristics of both cell donors at the same time? Or is it similar to a dihybrid cross, where some plants ...

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Thu Jan 09, 2014 5:15 pm
 
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Cell and Molecular Revision Question Help!!!

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Re: adult stem cells, differentiated cells and proliferation

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by Amphibitile
Sun Jun 23, 2013 1:11 am
 
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