Country: United States
Date: January 2005
My students would like to know why the two new cells are
named "daughter cells". Did a scientist give them this name? Was it a
random choice? We know that the cells represent a duplication of the DNA
in mitosis. They could have been named "son cells" (says one young man).
Good question! Never really thought about it. It was probably arbitrary
like referring to ships as female. In the case of "son cells", this
alliteration sounds kind of funny.
Ron Baker, Ph.D.
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