If the body cells have 12 chromosomes, how many will the sex cells have?

1 Answer
Jun 29, 2016

Somatic cell chromosomes occur in pairs. So, if you mean 12 chromosomes, that will be 6 pairs of chromosomes. The corresponding gamete (sex cell) will therefore contain 6 chromosomes


One chromosome from each pair-ish ends up in one gamete. I say 'ish', as there is a certain amount of exchange of genetic material between chromosomes during meiosis (cross-over).