Single Celled Organisms and Aging
Date: Fall 2013
Amoebas grow to a certain size and reproduce on and on. Do they get old and reset after each division?
Thanks for the question. To the best of my knowledge, amoebas as well as other bacteria can divide an infinite number of times, so they can "reset". In practice, the number of divisions may be
limited due to the error rate in DNA duplication.
I hope this helps. Please let me know if you have more questions.
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