chicken egg a unicellular structure?
Richard P. Grant
rpgrant at molbiol.ox.ac.uk
Thu Oct 10 08:35:53 EST 1996
In article <325BDF73.7AC7 at sierra.net>, "Steve M. Brown" <smb at sierra.net> writes:
> I can only figure this one out logically, but I could be wrong. Since a
> chicken egg is, indeed, an egg it is a gamete produced by meiosis, and
> it is prepared for fertilization from a sperm cell with half the
> chromosomes needed to produce a chicken. If the egg were multicellular,
> this would mean than several sperm could fertilize the egg, resulting in
> several chickens. We know this doesn't happen, so my guess is that the
> chicken egg is one cell, unless the other cells can't be fertilized for
> some reason.
I'd tend to agree. The yolk and white are not cellular, IIRC.
Richard P. Grant MA DPhil rpgrant at molbiol.ox.ac.uk
Nuffield Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, University of Oxford.
No wonder I can't go to parties anymore.
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