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Re: Diploid and Tetraploid

  • Subject: Re: [IGSROBIN] Diploid and Tetraploid
  • From: "Roth, Barry" <BRoth@BROBECK.COM>
  • Date: Wed, 24 Oct 2001 21:38:14 -0700


In genetics, "2n" is referred to as the "diploid number" of an organism.
"2n=22" means that the nucleus of a normal cell of the species in question
has 22 chromosomes.  As you know, chromosomes come in pairs, so one could
also say that the species has eleven pairs of chromosomes.

The tetraploid in your example has 44 chromosomes.  (I am surprised that it
says "2n=44" because I think the normal formula for referring to a
tetraploid is "4n=...")

Hope this helps.

>I have found an abstract which references crossing diploid and
>tetraploid and it uses these symbols which I do not understand.
>Hopefully, you will take the time to explain them.
>diploid (2n=22) X tetraploid (2n=44) crosses
>I know the diploid has two strands of chromosomes, so is that what the
>22 means?
>Why do both the diploid and tetraploid have the 2n?  What does 2n mean?
>This is probably pretty basic, and I do have a book on order, but it
>won't come until next week!

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