Why are there 23 pairs of chromosomes?

Martin Bishop mbishop at hgmp.mrc.ac.uk
Mon Jul 10 06:51:47 EST 1995


The classic case for believing that the number of chromosomes is
irrelevant is the muntjac deer where almost identical species have
? 5 and ? 40 chromosomes (dont have a book to hand with the precise figures).

Chromosomes organise the DNA and allow meiosis and mitosis.
The specific number appears to be unimportant.

Martin Bishop



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