DNA being carried by each chromosome

  • Thread starter leah3000
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Hi

I'm a little bit confused in terms of the DNA being carried by each chromosome.

When the cell is described as 4n in Interphase; with 4 copies of each DNA molecule, does this mean that each chromatid has 1 molecule of DNA? Hence, allowing 2molecules of DNA per chromosome?

Also can someone explain how the cell goes from 4n to 2n in Anaphase?
 

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Yes one chromatid is an entire double helix by itself. from 4n to 2n, well since you already mentioned anaphase, dont you think you know the answer already
 
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ok...I think I was looking at the diagrams and sort of confused myself. Now that I think about it 4n would just mean doubling the DNA so that the cell can divide into 2 daughter cells. It wouldn't necessarily mean 2 chromosomes which would give the 4 DNA molecules.

So then 2n would just mean the DNA distributed to the daughter cells...is that correct?
 
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yeah you got it, the n vs 2n thing is just a haploid vs diploid thing
 
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cool. Thanks very much for your help:approve:
 

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