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Name: Elvis
Status: student
Age: 9-12
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Date: 12/13/2005


Question:
Is amoeba immortal? Amoeba divides itself into two which means that the cell content is not dead. Will tis be forever?


Replies:
There is no question of life or death to cell contents. 'Life' as such refers to the 'functioning' of the organism as the whole. As amoeba divides the cell contents are equally distributed to the two daughter cells. The new cells grow synthesizing new substances in their cytoplasm. In the first generation, the daughter cells receive half the cell content from the mother cell. In the second generation the 'grand daughter' cells would receive only one fouth of the original grand mother cell. For every division the content is divided into half and this goes on for ever.

P. Kumarasammy


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