Misconception RHM021:

Chromosomes are divided up at each cell division, such that when a single body cell forms two body cells, the resulting cells each contain fewer chromosomes than the original cell (Lewis & Wood-Robinson, 2000).

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When a muscle cell of a chimpanzee divides, the new muscle cells contain the same number of chromosomes as the original muscle cell.



A new skin cell of a cow contains the same number of chromosomes as the existing skin cells.