If an organism's diploid number is 12, what will its haploid number be?

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May 25, 2016


The haploid number would be 6


The diploid (2n) number of chromosomes is the number of chromosomes in a somatic, body cell. This number is double the haploid(n) or monoploid (n) number.

The haploid (n) number of chromosomes is the number of chromosomes found in a gamete of reproductive cell. This number is half of the diploid (2n) number.

For a human the diploid (2n) number is 46 chromosomes which is the number of chromosomes found in all of the somatic cells of the body including skin, muscle bone etc... The haploid (n) number would be 23 chromosomes found in the gametes, reproductive cells of sperm and ova.

For the organism in this example the diploid (2n) number is 12 making the haploid (n) number would be half of that or 6 chromosomes.


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